#blogbookaday: Baby Goes to Market

27 May

Baby Goes to MarketSummary:  “When Baby and Mama go to the market, Baby is so adorable that the banana seller gives him six bananas. Baby eats one and puts five in the basket, but Mama doesn’t notice. As Mama and Baby wend their way through the stalls, cheeky Baby collects five oranges, four biscuits, three ears of sweet corn, two pieces of coconut . . . until Mama notices that her basket is getting very heavy! Poor Baby, she thinks, he must be very hungry by now! Rhythmic language, visual humor, and a bounty of delectable food make this a tale that is sure to whet little appetites for story time. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Mama and Baby go to the market and while Mama is busy buying food and goods for the family, Baby is getting yummy treats from the market sellers. With a counting aspect woven in, Atinuke displays a family’s trip running errands in a way we don’t see very often in the U.S. but is still very familiar to everyday life. The market is filled with bright colors and busy patterns and excitement as Baby helps Mama and gets a few snacks along the way.

Personal Reaction: I really loved this little glimpse into another culture and I really think little kids would enjoy the story line – counting up all the treats, Baby gets and helping tell the story as some parts repeat, making it feel very comfortable and familiar. Plus, for families that have come to the U.S. from Nigeria and other parts of the world where going to an open air market is a regular occurrence, this story will be extremely exciting to see on the bookshelf.

Title: Baby Goes to Market
Author: Atinuke
Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


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