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Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages

Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages

Spring 2006 Picture Books
Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Author: Marla Frazee
Illustrator: Marla Frazee
ISBN: 0152055738
Hardcover Price: $16.00
A round-headed baby with a kewpie-doll curl and equally round diapers teeters, totters, and toddles across buff-colored pages with only the occasional mishap (and resulting tantrum). The expressive illustrations are both hilarious and delightful; the layouts have a sprightly retro feel; and the sparing use of color keeps the focus exactly where it needs to be: on baby. The question, however, is audience. It seems unlikely that any child engaged in the process of learning to walk would be interested in watching the foibles and falls of another toddler...and the cautionary text (“Stay away from fragile stuff, too.”) borders on remonstrative. Still, parents will get the joke...and older siblings who have passed this stage may chuckle as well.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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