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My Baby & Me    by Lynn Reiser & Penny Gentieu order for
My Baby & Me
by Lynn Reiser
Order:  USA  Can
Knopf, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Lynn Reiser's My Baby & Me does a lovely job of engaging a slightly older sibling's interest in a new baby through a series of photographs in which a toddler brother or sister interacts with an infant. Adults will simply enjoy Penny Gentieu's delightful photos of a variety of paired little ones.

It begins with a challenge: 'Hey, little baby! / What can you do?' On the next double page spread, we see: 'You can smile? / I can too.' That seques into: 'You can crawl? / Watch me go. / I go fast - / You go slow!' Baby bounces while big brother hops (and picks up what baby drops). The elder sibling compares possessions (stuffed animals, chairs, bottle and cup). I especially like the picture in which a brother shares his pride in reading with his small sister.

The book ends on a charming and very loving note, restating the opening question as: 'Now, little baby! / What can we do?' ... 'You hug me, / and I'll hug you!' My Baby & Me would make a thoughtful, inclusive gift for a small child anticipating a new baby brother or sister.

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