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Baby Beluga [Paperback]

Raffi , Ashley Wolff
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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March 17 1992 Raffi Songs to Read
Illus. in full color.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-- The song about this small, white whale has as its hero probably the best loved of all Raffi's creations. Children who are learning about the interdependence of all life on Earth, and of the crucial importance of preserving the fragile environment, will get a first, cheerful lesson about the natural world by becoming acquainted with enchanting Baby Beluga, swimming wild and free with his mother in the deep blue sea. He and his friends are somewhat anthropomorphic, in the interests of cuddliness, but this does the message no harm . The illustrations are a joy to behold, and the song has a rhythm and rhyme that make it easy to remember and sing. --Joan McGrath, Education Centre Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The song about this small white whale has as its hero the best loved of Raffi's creations. Children will get a first, cheerful lesson about the natural world by becoming acquainted with enchanting Baby Beluga. The illustrations are a joy, and the song's rhythm and rhyme make it easy to remember and sing."--School Library Journal  

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars board books becoming thinner.. Aug. 23 2006
Format:Board book
Great book, as described by other reviewers. One thing I noticed is that the copy I bought from here has thinner pages than the one we borrowed from the library. When matched up against the thicker book, this one was about 2/3s thinner. I hope that these pages will hold up in durability since my daughter loves it when I "sing" her stories to her. On the positive side, the illustrations are more vibrant in color.
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Format:Board book
"Baby Beluga" tells the story of a little Beluga Whales daily adventures in the "deep blue sea." The beautiful illustrations and charming story captured my attention instantly. Not familiar with Raffi, and his music, I was unaware of the popularity of the song, by the same title, until noticing the back cover, where it is mentioned. I have since purchased the CD, and CAN NO LONGER read this book; I have to SING it! "Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea, swim so wild and you swim so free. Heaven above and the sea below, and a little white whale on the go."
The editorial comments regarding Ashley Wolff's illustrations are harsh. As an artist, I regard the work to be first-rate! The mostly analogous color palette (ocean blues and greens) is bright and true to life, while the expressions are communicative and warm. Perhaps, a little more contrast between the Beluga Whales and the sea is in order, but that is a personal preference. Besides, compared to ANY of the severely cold computer-generated images available in books today, the illustrations in this book are superior. "Baby Beluga" is a delightful book independently, although, combined with the music; it is IRRESISTIBLE! One-year and up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful intro to ocean wildlife Aug. 7 2001
Format:Board book
A simple beautiful tale of the magnificent beluga whale. You just don't find very many young childrens books involving a beluga.
We went on a visit to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Seattle, Washington where they have real white beluga whales in full display at the underground aquarium. My children began singing the song, remembering one of their favorite songs and books.
The pictures are simple and uncluttered. Children will focus on the story, song and cute little white whale.
Another excellent Raffi production. Great for reading or singing. A very peaceful, natural feel and connection to the water. It makes a grand bedtime moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps children engaged! May 16 2000
Format:Board book
Whether you know Raffi's music or not, this is a great little book. My children love it. We have had it long enough that our oldest now reads it to the younger ones.
There seems to be a natural interest among many children about things that live in the ocean. This book fuels that interest.
The book is fun, well illustrated, and a joy to read. Do your children ask you to read them some books over and over again? Mine do, and this is one that has had the covers nearly read off of it!
If you haven't seen this book, give it a try. It's also a good book for beginning readers to work on.
Top notch! 5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Beluga is the little white whale on the go July 19 2000
I came across this book appropriately enough at an aquarium which is definitely an appropriate place to find this book.
The illustrations in this book are engaging. I am not an art critic, but children under 5 will be captivated by the drawings.
I was glad that they mentioned on the back of the book that Raffi also did Wheels on the Bus or I probably would not have had a clear tune in my head. Once I put the tune in my head, I liked the book even more.
My oldest nephew liked it, so next time I'll have to show it to my youngest nephew to see if he likes the little white whale on the go.
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Format:Board book
I have been teaching Head Start for 6 years and one of my lesson plans is based on the book and music of Baby Beluga. The book has many teaching points such as night and day, living in a cold environment, naming and counting animals. The children love it. We make a bottle with blue water and a white balloon turns into a whale and while the music plays the children make waves with the bottle. I've never found a child who didn't like this activity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended by Grandma March 22 2000
Format:Board book
Beluga whales are beautiful creatures and, sure enough, they do seem to always smile. Raffi has introduced little children to the arts & humanities in a gentle and easy way. We all know his song and the illustrations of the happy beluga and other sea animals help to make the big world a bit more friendly. Baby Beluga lives in a happy space--we hope the same for our own babies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only thing missing is the music! Aug. 20 2001
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Format:Board book
My two year old daughter LOVES this book/song. My only complaint is that in this book, the music isn't included at the end (Raffi's "Wheels on the Bus" song to read has the sheet music included on the last page). Without also owning the "Baby Beluga" Raffi CD, we wouldn't know the tune. Other than that, it's great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great pictures, great story, one of our favourites!
Published 18 days ago by Shawna Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars a sweet book to go with a sweet song
a sweet book to go with a sweet song. my daughter and I love reading and singing this book together, we love the puffins and illustrations :)
Published 2 months ago by earth4me
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Beluga book by Raffi
I combine this book with the Baby Beluga CD by Raffi and a plush beluga whale made by Wild Republic as a baby gift for a first child. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Virginia O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
my daughter loves when I sing this book to her. its easy for kids to sing along. cool art too
Published 4 months ago by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for lyric-challenged parents
Loved this song for my kids, but kept forgetting the words. The book is excellent and there is a music sheet at the back so you can play it on the piano, etc.
Published 8 months ago by Nicole Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Raffi!!
My 2 year old grandson loves anything Raffi. This book is the song and is beautifully illustrated, a must for Raffi lovers!
Published 8 months ago by 2 CUPS A DAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Beluga in the Deep Blue Sea.
I loved this book as a child and I bought it for my soon to be niece or nephew. Its a song turned into a book by the children's artist Raffi. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ashley Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 years old loves this!
We learned the song and then we bought the book - the illustrations are wonderful and we can sing along with the book which makes everything even better - great book.
Published 16 months ago by Marianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Book
There are very few words on each page with simple drawings. Had music score at back which is a nice addition. Matches Raffi song buy same name.
Published 20 months ago by Jackie Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars baby beluga
The one book came in about 10 days so I gave it to my grandson for Christmas but the other book that I had ordered for him for christmas as well didn't show up until the middle of... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2009 by Nellie Zacharias
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