Te Amo, Bebe, Little One
Lisa Wheeler & Maribel Suarez
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
e Amo, Bebé, Little One
follows a baby's first year in verse, through a mother's eyes and love. It begins '
Once upon a springtime morn, / a bouncy, brown-eyed babe was born
', and each verse ends with the touching refrain, '
I love you once. I love you twice. / I love you more than beans and rice. / I love you more than rain or sun. Te amo, bebé, little one.
aribel Suarez's illustrations add a cheerful Mexican context, and the verses include a few Spanish words and phrases, like '
' and '
'. We watch baby sitting in the sun, splashing at the beach, sleeping in a crib, bathing, enjoying music, climbing, standing up, walking ... and always growing in size and ability. The ending on the toddler's first birthday is cute and delightful.
f you've had a baby,
Te Amo, Bebé, Little One
will remind you of the absolute love and surprises of that first year, and the picture book makes the perfect gift for a friend or family member expecting a child.
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