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Baby Beluga Paperback – Mar 17 1992
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From School Library Journal
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 JournalSee all Product Description
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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.
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.
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
My daughter loves Raffi and this books makes her so happy, it gives us a great bit of family time. Familiar story with beautiful illustrationsPublished 16 months ago by Dan
I loved this song as a child and watching it come to life through the pages of a book makes it even more fabulous. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Thomas Laenen
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 on July 17 2014 by earth4me
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 morePublished on June 28 2014 by Virginia O'Neill