All around the world, families carry their babies in many different ways. Let’s take a look… Upsy-daisy, baby, and away we go! Upsy-daisy! Baby cradled gently in Mother’s arms. Upsy-daisy! Baby bundled snug-as-a-bug in Sister’s shawl.
This board book is a story of how babies all over the world are carried differently. Babies are carried by mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Throughout the book, readers see illustrations of babies in many different settings such as markets, in northern Canada, in busy apartment buildings and on farm land.
Susan Hughes, the author of many children’s books, has been writing for over 30 years. Illustrations by Ashley Barron are created by working with cut paper collage which creates unique, lifelike depictions of landscapes and children. These two women are the perfect recipe for an eye-catching board book.
Upsy-Daisy, Baby! is a wonderful board book addition to a home, school or library collection. In particular, I would recommend using this book in baby storytime. Its quick pace would keep the babies’ attention, and the repetitive phrase of “upsy-daisy” could be used as an opportunity for tickles and bouncing. Upsy-Daisy, Baby! celebrates diversity in a heartwarming way that will be adored by all that read it.
Courtney Crocker is the Regional Librarian for Central Division with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. She lives in Gander, Newfoundland.