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A favorite author and artist create an endearing collection of new and favorite illustrated rhymes and poems ideal for sharing. A baby’s day is full of meaningful moments: Time for cuddles, time for play, time for games, time for a nap, time for dinner, time for a bath, time for bed…and always, always, time for love. This joyous collection of more than fifty original poems A favorite author and artist create an endearing collection of new and favorite illustrated rhymes and poems ideal for sharing. A baby’s day is full of meaningful moments: Time for cuddles, time for play, time for games, time for a nap, time for dinner, time for a bath, time for bed…and always, always, time for love. This joyous collection of more than fifty original poems and rhymes is divided into sections that celebrate each part of a young child’s daily routine. An anthology of new and favorite rhymes accompanied by gentle, evocative illustrations is a perfect gift for showers and a must-have addition to any child’s bookshelf.


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A favorite author and artist create an endearing collection of new and favorite illustrated rhymes and poems ideal for sharing. A baby’s day is full of meaningful moments: Time for cuddles, time for play, time for games, time for a nap, time for dinner, time for a bath, time for bed…and always, always, time for love. This joyous collection of more than fifty original poems A favorite author and artist create an endearing collection of new and favorite illustrated rhymes and poems ideal for sharing. A baby’s day is full of meaningful moments: Time for cuddles, time for play, time for games, time for a nap, time for dinner, time for a bath, time for bed…and always, always, time for love. This joyous collection of more than fifty original poems and rhymes is divided into sections that celebrate each part of a young child’s daily routine. An anthology of new and favorite rhymes accompanied by gentle, evocative illustrations is a perfect gift for showers and a must-have addition to any child’s bookshelf.

30 review for Wee Rhymes: Baby's First Poetry Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I highly recommend this as a giftable book to young families, especially those who don't already have a shelf of books and/or coursework in preschool education. It's a great reference, so families can dip in and out at will, finding their favorites for each occasion of getting dressed, playing, eating, napping, bathing, etc. A few poems near the end reveal why picture-books and story-time are important. Most of the verses are by Yolen. Most of the ones by Mother Goose are new to me! There were a I highly recommend this as a giftable book to young families, especially those who don't already have a shelf of books and/or coursework in preschool education. It's a great reference, so families can dip in and out at will, finding their favorites for each occasion of getting dressed, playing, eating, napping, bathing, etc. A few poems near the end reveal why picture-books and story-time are important. Most of the verses are by Yolen. Most of the ones by Mother Goose are new to me! There were a couple of poems I would not share with a child... be sure to read each first to yourself before sharing with your infant. Do not think about reading more than a couple at a time, much less reading straight through. The only one that my sons and I probably would have memorized, because I like it well enough to 'sing' to them, is *All By Yourself.* You can put your shoes on, Shoes on, shoes on, You can put your shoes on, Soon you will be dressed. Shirt and pants and shoes on. Can you do the rest?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Original poems and Mother Goose rhymes are presented. Many of the rhymes will work for a Baby Time program at the library.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Beautiful illustrations, lovely rhymes arranged mainly in order of a baby's day, from meals to naps, playtime, bath time, and bedtime. Some classic Mother Goose rhymes are included, most are original with timeless themes and illustrations. Beautiful illustrations, lovely rhymes arranged mainly in order of a baby's day, from meals to naps, playtime, bath time, and bedtime. Some classic Mother Goose rhymes are included, most are original with timeless themes and illustrations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karla Winick-Ford

    I think introducing poetry as soon as possible is essential and I was excited to see this book. I wanted to love it more. Illustrations were ok, nothing too engaging but they were warm and colorful. Some are super short (Greens) which is useful. Some (Saying bananas) I just didn't care for. I think introducing poetry as soon as possible is essential and I was excited to see this book. I wanted to love it more. Illustrations were ok, nothing too engaging but they were warm and colorful. Some are super short (Greens) which is useful. Some (Saying bananas) I just didn't care for.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dianna

    This book is too long to read in one sitting; it is perfect for just opening here and there and reading a few random poems. The poems were all about babies (age 2 and under), but my three-year-old still enjoyed them. Beautiful soft illustrations to accompany.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

    There are a lot of "first poetry books" that are excellent. This one wasn't horrible, but it just isn't necessary in our library. There are a lot of "first poetry books" that are excellent. This one wasn't horrible, but it just isn't necessary in our library.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam Smerbeck

    Title: Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book Author: Jane Yolen Illustrator: Jane Dyer Genre: Mother Goose/Nursery Rhyme Theme(s): Parenting, Rhyming, Singing, Love, Family, Friendship Opening Line/Sentence: THE ROSE IS RED The rose is red, the violet’s blue, Pinks are sweet, and so are you! Brief Book Summary: The entire book consists of single nursery rhymes per page. First nursery rhyme is the classic roses are red rhyme, then proceeds to go through 75 more rhymes starting in the morning when the baby i Title: Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book Author: Jane Yolen Illustrator: Jane Dyer Genre: Mother Goose/Nursery Rhyme Theme(s): Parenting, Rhyming, Singing, Love, Family, Friendship Opening Line/Sentence: THE ROSE IS RED The rose is red, the violet’s blue, Pinks are sweet, and so are you! Brief Book Summary: The entire book consists of single nursery rhymes per page. First nursery rhyme is the classic roses are red rhyme, then proceeds to go through 75 more rhymes starting in the morning when the baby is just waking up. The rhymes then express what they baby does all day from eating to playing to bathing up until the last nursery rhyme which is called good night. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Barnes & Noble Publishers Weekly “We both believe that literature begins in the cradle,” write Yolen and Dyer at the beginning of this collection of 75 brief but vivid poems. Most are originals from Yolen (10 poems are credited to Mother Goose), and she provides many options for incorporating song and rhyme into a child’s day, from mealtime to naptime, from games to errands (“Let’s go to the supermarket,/ Ride down every aisle,/ Wave at all the shoppers,/ Make everybody smile”). Beloved toys and objects also get attention, and several poems suggest interactive moments between parent (or grandparent) and child. Tidy borders frame Dyer’s pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, which offer an ethnically diverse array of children and adults. Tenderness and comfort radiate from every page, making the book a lovely addition to any new family’s library. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Barnes & Noble School Library Journal PreS—This collection of 75 short poems spans the course of a baby's or toddler's day. From morning tickles and bounces to meals and playtime to bath and sleep, all of the rituals of the day are celebrated and cherished. Most of the poems are Yolen's own with a smattering of traditional Mother Goose verses mixed in. Many of the rhymes naturally suggest activity or interaction between readers and listeners, including bouncing, clapping, cuddling, and identifying body parts and everyday objects. ("Here we come from Dreamland,/There we go to town./Baby riding on my knee,/Up, up, up-and down"). Art done in pencil and watercolor gently features wonderfully diverse babies and toddlers. The author and illustrator provide a helpful note "from two grandmothers" about using rhymes with babies. This lovely volume will be appreciated by parents and caregivers using lap rhymes for the first time as well as those looking to expand their repertoire.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA Response to Two Professional Reviews: Both reviews explain that most of these poems are Yolen’s own and there are a few mother goose poems added in. Lap rhymes are exaggerated to express the importance of this book as one to read to your baby. Both reviewers comment on the beautiful watercolors and pencil drawings. Evaluation of Literary Elements: The poems themselves are not difficult in level of vocabulary or level of length of words; all words are seen or heard almost every day in the childs life. The pictures go hand in hand with the poems which can be very beneficial in the reading of these poems. There is a lot of repetition to allow the reader to get used to saying certain words over and over again. Consideration of Instructional Application: This book would be a great book to have in my classroom library. For an activity in my classroom, I would assign a poem or two to each of my children and I would have them read aloud their poem and tell the class how they feel or what their opinion is on the poem.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    A few years ago I would have given this book three stars, cute but meh. Now I have a little niece and nephew. I get that children think in these somewhat nonsensical rhymes and rhythms. Yet the nonsense makes perfect sense to the child. I loved that each 'section' started out with an old Mother Goose rhyme, rhymes I heard so many times I have them memorized. For me the rhymes were short, I wanted them to keep going, but I understand that children do not have the same attention span. Unless a liv A few years ago I would have given this book three stars, cute but meh. Now I have a little niece and nephew. I get that children think in these somewhat nonsensical rhymes and rhythms. Yet the nonsense makes perfect sense to the child. I loved that each 'section' started out with an old Mother Goose rhyme, rhymes I heard so many times I have them memorized. For me the rhymes were short, I wanted them to keep going, but I understand that children do not have the same attention span. Unless a live dog is involved, my niece is on to something new in two minutes. Those rhymes, however, could be repeated over and over by her as she played and she would never get bored. I also liked the author's note at the beginning about children and rhyming. I had to suggest the book to my mom, the grandmother.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    When my sister, brother and I was young, I remember my mother always reciting nursery rhymes to us, so that by the time I was 5, I could recite them myself. I loved those rhymes. And so did my daughter when I recited them to her. The only problem was knowing a limited number of these little pleasing poems. Well, now two grandmothers who understand how delightful poems can be for young children have put together a book of rhymes, perfect for babies and toddlers. There are some old Mother Goose fav When my sister, brother and I was young, I remember my mother always reciting nursery rhymes to us, so that by the time I was 5, I could recite them myself. I loved those rhymes. And so did my daughter when I recited them to her. The only problem was knowing a limited number of these little pleasing poems. Well, now two grandmothers who understand how delightful poems can be for young children have put together a book of rhymes, perfect for babies and toddlers. There are some old Mother Goose favorites throughout the book, but most of the poems are written by Jane Yolen. The poems are themed around a baby's life and include poems about kisses, belly buttons, naps, piggyback rides, even just holding a grownups hand. The rhymes are short, as, for example "Baby has the Wiggles" Baby has the wiggles, Baby can't sit still, Baby has the giggles, Baby has a will. Jane Dyer has done all the illustrations and they have a real old fashioned feel to them. Dyer's illustrations always make me happy when I see them, and Wee Rhymes was not exception. Whimsically done in pencil and watercolors in pastel hues, I was really, really pleased to see the diversity of the kids Dyer's portrays, making it so appealing to all readers. There are white kids, African American kids, Latino kids, and Asian kids, sometimes alone, sometimes with family and sometimes playing together. If you are looking for a baby shower gift, a birthday gift for a child or just because you think your own kids would like a nice poetry book, this is one you might want to seriously consider. And it would be especially appropriate this month since April is National Poetry Month. This book is recommended for babies, toddlers and children of all ages. This book was purchased as a baby gift for a friend (but I read it, too) This book was originally reviewed at Randomly Readingt

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Seventy-five poems, some original and some classic favorites from Mother Goose, fill the pages of this handsome volume. Not only do the poems capture the sweetness of childhood and the bonds between parent and grandparent and child, but some such as "Sandbox" and "Brushing Teeth" are downright hilarious. There are poems celebrating stuffed animal friends, bathing, eating, and playing. There are also poems describing the wonders of listening to stories being read aloud and then reading the same s Seventy-five poems, some original and some classic favorites from Mother Goose, fill the pages of this handsome volume. Not only do the poems capture the sweetness of childhood and the bonds between parent and grandparent and child, but some such as "Sandbox" and "Brushing Teeth" are downright hilarious. There are poems celebrating stuffed animal friends, bathing, eating, and playing. There are also poems describing the wonders of listening to stories being read aloud and then reading the same stories aloud to someone else. And of course, some poems describe the struggle that occurs when it's time to go to sleep. The illustrations, created in pencil and painted in watercolor, add enormously to an already-appealing book. New parents will turn to this book as they encourage a love for language in their young children.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rudy Regalado

    Awards: None Grade Level: Ages 4-8 Grades Pre K-3 Summary: This is a collection of 75 poems that relate to everyday activities for kids. From stuff like playing outside in the leaves, to dinner time, to bath time, the poems in the book cover a lot. The songs are fun and exciting for kids to read along with. Review: While I liked some of the material in this book some of it I didn't. I felt that some of the poems lacked imagination as well as some of the illustrations. Others were more than good en Awards: None Grade Level: Ages 4-8 Grades Pre K-3 Summary: This is a collection of 75 poems that relate to everyday activities for kids. From stuff like playing outside in the leaves, to dinner time, to bath time, the poems in the book cover a lot. The songs are fun and exciting for kids to read along with. Review: While I liked some of the material in this book some of it I didn't. I felt that some of the poems lacked imagination as well as some of the illustrations. Others were more than good enough, but it being such a large I guess I couldn't expect to like them all. Possible in class uses: This book could be used to sing songs in class. Also it could be used to have the children recite the poems and get the hang of the rhyming as well as teach them some of the activities of daily living shown off in the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Wee Rhymes is a lovely collection of poetry for babies with lovely illustrations by Jane Dyer. Yolen has included many standard Mother Goose Rhymes as well to round out the volume. This would make a nice gift book for new parents.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Xin Luan

    It is good poetry learning book for children who just begin to learn poem. The language of poems in this book are simple and easy to understand. The topics of those poems are easy and interested for children. So this book can make children love poem. Read-aloud is the best way to learn poem.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Dahman

    This book of poetry would most likely be best used for infants and toddlers. Each poem written for babies is accompanied by light, simple illustrations. Some of the poems are noted as “Mother Goose” poems, but most of them are the authors’ originals.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Norah Almusharraf

    Adorable baby book.. It is simple and interesting. It contains different sections of baby life style and situations. I recommend preschool teachers to use this book as a first block in teaching language art .

  16. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    I don't like this as much as I'd hoped, I don't think I'd go out of my way to give it to a baby. Admittedly, I like more traditional fair, so that may be my issue with this. I don't like this as much as I'd hoped, I don't think I'd go out of my way to give it to a baby. Admittedly, I like more traditional fair, so that may be my issue with this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Fun rhymes are accompanied by beautiful multicultural illustrations. A nice edition for all home bookshelves.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    Cute Illistrations.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa

    B mix of new rhymes by Jane Yolen and classic mother goose. The rhymes are sweet and very suitable for repeating aloud to babies and very young children. The illustrations look oldfashioned.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Rhymes to read to little children some cute others not the best.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Poetry for the very young. Sweet illustrations. Movement poems, nursery rhymes, and other short, rhyming, song-like poems. Use for your song sheets, fingerplay sheets for baby storytime.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ireta Kasanti

  25. 5 out of 5

    Irma

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julianne

  28. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jena

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sree

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