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Farm Babies

RRP $17.99

A mother hen counts her chicks from one to ten and a mother cow makes her calf laugh in this rhyming board book by Curious George creator H. A. Rey. Each spread features a four line poem and an image of a mother farm animal with a big, strudy flap to lift to reveal the her babies! It's all saturated in Rey's familiar, classic color palette and makes for a multi-sensory read-aloud experience for babies of the human variety.

About the Author

Hans Augusto Rey is well-known for his series Curious George. He was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals.


The Water Babies

RRP $18.99

The Water Babies - Charles Kingsley - Illustrated by Jesse Willcox Smith. The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a children's novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley. Written in 1862-63 as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine, it was first published in its entirety in 1863. It was written as part satire in support of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species. The book was extremely popular in England, and was a mainstay of British children's literature for many decades, but eventually fell out of favour in part due to its prejudices against Irish, Jews, Americans, and the poor.The protagonist is Tom, a young chimney sweep, who falls into a river after encountering an upper-class girl named Ellie and being chased out of her house. There he drowns and is transformed into a "water-baby", as he is told by a caddisfly-an insect that sheds its skin-and begins his moral education. The story is thematically concerned with Christian redemption, though Kingsley also uses the book to argue that England treats its poor badly, and to question child labour, among other themes.Tom embarks on a series of adventures and lessons, and enjoys the community of other water-babies once he proves himself a moral creature. The major spiritual leaders in his new world are the fairies Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby (a reference to the Golden Rule), Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid, and Mother Carey. Weekly, Tom is allowed the company of Ellie, who became a water-baby after he did.


I Am Small : A Baby's Guide To What Babies Need To Know

RRP $13.95

A look at the world from a baby's point of view, this book addresses all the questions that babies would love to ask, if they knew how.I am Small! features black & white and colour photographs of babies for your baby to identify with - babies love looking at pictures of babies. Its clear, repetitive text can be used as a game between parent and baby - babies will soon learn to respond. It can be used to introduce a new baby to slightly older siblings.

The book is made to last, on strong board with baby-safe rounded corners. Babies love books. Right from the start, they love to listen to voices and look at pictures. Babies are born with the need to communicate. Reading to babies helps them learn to listen and to recognise and imitate the sounds they hear. They will benefit from books long before they are ready to learn to read.

A toddler's brain contains twice as many connections as an adult's, so we have more capacity to learn in infancy than at any other time. Children love familiar things, and they will enjoy sharing books like this one time and time again.



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