A Book of Babies
by Il Sung Na

Overview - When the flowers begin to bloom
and the world starts turning green,
animals everywhere are born . . .
including the noisy ducklings

From the creator of A Book of Sleep and Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit comes a beautiful book of baby animals.

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When the flowers begin to bloom
and the world starts turning green,
animals everywhere are born . . .
including the noisy ducklings

From the creator of A Book of Sleep and Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbitcomes a beautiful book of baby animals. Travel with the curious duck and visit babies around the world on their very first day of life.
The Boston Globe calls Il Sung Na s art so joyous, so jubilantly colorful, it feels celebratory and poetic even when the story is simple and spare. "

  • ISBN-13: 9780385752909
  • ISBN-10: 0385752903
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 24
  • Reading Level: Ages 0-3

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Baby Animals
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Ducks, Geese, Etc.
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General

Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

“When the flowers begin to bloom and the world starts turning green, animals everywhere are born... including the noisy ducklings.” A mother duck whose brood hatches all at once sends the father duck off to look at other animal infants. He dives underwater to view fish babies (“Some have lots of brothers and sisters”), waddles on land to see zebras (“Some can walk right away”), and flies over ice floes to look at polar bear cubs (“some are born with soft, warm fur”). There’s a guessing game implied, too: the names of the animals aren’t given, so readers must supply them. Na’s (Hide & Seek) spreads mix textures and patterns like a series of quilts, punctuating fields of bright color and bold shapes with arabesques and filigree. A fixed horizon line gives the pages the feeling of an unspooling scroll. The golden light of afternoon turns into the orange of sunset as the babies prepare for their very first night (“babies everywhere need their rest”), and the sleepy ducklings settle down, too. Language, tone, and images all combine to create the gentlest bedtime entertainment. Up to age 3. (Jan.)

BookPage Reviews

Baby, look at you now

Whether it’s a baby shower or a sip-and-see (for you non-Southerners out there, it’s a gathering where an infant is adored), there is nothing I love more than holding a baby. In lieu of a real baby, I have to settle for books about babies. Lucky for me, there are some adorable new ones to add to my collection.

Melissa Guion’s newest offering, Baby Penguins Love Their Mama!, is one of those books that kids and parents will both love. A mama penguin is busy taking care of her very large family. Between swimming lessons on Monday and squawking on Saturday, it’s no wonder Mama has to take a nap on Sunday. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are the stars here—while Mama is playing the role of a modern overscheduled parent, the roly-poly babies are busy making something that Mama doesn’t notice. Follow the pictures and you will discover that these babies know a thing or two about appreciation. When Mama worries about the day when her babies grow up and can do things on their own, the babies assure her that she will always be their Mama. Their heart-shaped present is sure to warm Mama’s heart—and yours.


Il Sung Na’s A Book of Babies is as bright and sweet as its cover, which features a very yellow chick on a rich green background. Spring has come, and all sorts of babies are born. A new duckling explores the world, noticing other animals along the way. Very young readers will learn about these babies: Some have siblings, some have none, some can walk, some have fur and so on. Na’s colorful illustrations, filled with rainbows that pop in unexpected and welcome places (leaves, a lion’s mane, a seahorse’s pouch), are perfect for this dreamy story. Each loving animal family is shown taking care of its young offspring, reassuring young readers about how families care for their own babies. Textured papers, some used as background and others in collage, add depth and interest. In the end, this is a go-to-sleep book, the very best sort of book for babies and their tired parents.


One of the biggest challenges for new families is the birth of a second or third baby, especially when there is a toddler waiting suspiciously in the wings. Dino-Baby, written by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Sam Lloyd, is unabashed in its message about how a toddler needs to behave with a new baby in the house. Opening with an obviously pregnant dinosaur mother, this rhyming and rhythmic story directly addresses a wide-eyed dino-sister who wants to do the right thing for her new little brother. The right thing to do is be quiet when the baby is sleeping, share and be gentle and polite. Adults might like the message, but kids will stay for the humorous, bright cartoon illustrations. They’ll laugh at the father wearing a tie and the dino-baby wrapped in a cuddly blankie.

Keep these books in mind when that next baby shower invitation arrives in the mail.

BAM Customer Reviews