- Book Style: Toddler, Child, and Baby Story Book
- Reading Level: 1 (Beginning Reading)
- Reading Length: 2-5 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Oh so very cute
- Age Target: 0-6 Years of Age
- Author: Nancy Loewen
- Author’s Page: All about Nancy!
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon – Hardcover – $6.69 USD, Kindle – $3 USD
- Social Media Links: N/A
Baby Wants Mama is what I would call a downright cute book. It’s built for younger children in the toddler age category, but I think it’s cute enough to really help younger children. While it’s a simple book, it is educational and also gives a feeling of family and warmth. It does so through the introduction of family characters and the family meal.
What’s incredible about this book is that it drives that aforementioned feeling of family and warmth through so few words. It’s amazing to think that Nancy was able to create these kinds of feelings with her book saying so little, but she does it. It’s so effective that, as the book comes to an end you will know that you’ve helped your toddler understand a little bit about family. Is there any more important lesson?
Now, there’s nothing I love more than a book trying to be educational…and succeeding. Baby Wants Mama does that in a very simple, yet intentional way. The author uses repetition to drive home specific characters and objects. She also has a format that she follows to a ‘T’. See, she begins every sentence with a character’s name and then ends that same sentence with what they want. What’s more, the characters are repeated and are relatively stereotypical. For example, “Daddy wants supper”, and we all know that dads always want supper!
I love watching a book have an impact on my child. What happened with Baby Wants Mama is that my little one asked me to return to a few of the pages. He wanted to re-look at the illustrations and he even asked what a few of the words were. It seemed as though he made a bit of a connection, and I would say that it’s because the title of the book was so familiar to him. I mean, of course baby wanted mama! Who wouldn’t?
What’s amazing is that I’ve come this far in the review and I haven’t talked about the illustrations. I don’t know about you, but I grew up on comics. I read the Sunday Comics religiously, and I had books upon books of Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, and a few others. What’s amazing about the illustrations here is that they remind me of both of those series. What’s even more amazing is that they both have significant improvements on those comics. It’s scary to consider that, but it’s true.
When there are videos like this…there isn’t much left to say.
Now, it’s pretty clear that I loved this book. Honestly, this is an instant classic for me and I’m so happy I was able to review this book. I’m impressed with the simplicity of this book, and even more impressed with the effectiveness of it. I will definitely recommend it at the price of $6.69 USD for a Hardcover copy and $3 USD for a Kindle Copy!
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!