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Global Babies Board book – Jul 1 2007

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Product Details

  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; Brdbk New edition (July 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580891748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580891745
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1 x 15.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Starred Review* Striking in its simplicity and effectiveness, this colorful board book takes into account two fundamental facts. First, babies like to look at faces, particularly the faces of other babies. Second, today's babies will grow up in a world that is, increasingly, a global neighborhood. This introduces young children to their neighbors throughout the world by providing clear photographs of babies in Guatemala, Thailand, Greenland, Mali, the U.S., India, South Africa, Fiji, Peru, Afghanistan, Malawi, Spain, Iraq, Rwanda, and Bhutan. Like Ajmera's earlier books connected with the nonprofit organization Global Fund for Children, such as To Be a Kid (1999) and Be My Neighbor (2004), this title seeks to form a broad, inclusive sense of community. Each page features a single child in a photo shown against a rich, solid background color. Appearing phrase by phrase at the bottom of the pages, the book's complete text reads, "Wherever they live, / wherever they go, / whatever they wear, / whatever they feel, / babies everywhere / are beautiful, / special, / and loved." Attuned to its audience, the book's close-ups emphasize the children's faces and create a feeling of connection between subject and viewer. In an era when board books too often recycle picture book stories intended for older children, here's one that is just right for babies and toddlers. Phelan, Carolyn

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The Global Fund for Children is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the dignity of young people around the world. The GFC pursues this mission by making grants to innovative community-based organizations and by developing books that celebrate our global society. GFC books include WHAT WE WEAR, OUR GRANDPARENTS, and FAITH. Please learn more at

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Last year we adopted a 5 month old baby girl from Ethiopia. We were then given this book by a friend as it had been highly recommended. We could not believe the impact it has had on our baby girl; she adores this book. We read it to her most nights as the just stares and smiles at all the different baby girls. They have a lot of different nationalities of babies in the book and that's what make it so interesting for them. A must buy for any child.
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This is my 10 month old baby's favourite book. She loves looking at all the babies and will hand it to me again and again to keep reading.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb32b6a38) out of 5 stars great pictures, great message. Feb. 2 2011
By jenn breman - Published on
Format: Board book
my baby is three months old, and like all babies he likes to look at baby faces. i like the photos a lot-- very colorful, and some of the babies are in slings or similar things, which is nice since we use our sling all the time but there are few pictures of babywearing in most of our books.
he looks at all the pictures, and everytime we read it he stares so hard at the baby from mali you'd think he knew him from somewhere.
there aren't a lot of words, so times when i want to talk more i'll talk about what the baby is wearing or what i know about the country the baby is from.
i would happily buy this as a gift for someone, especially one of the bilingual editions.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb32b6a8c) out of 5 stars Best suited for babies Feb. 21 2009
By A. Moore - Published on
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The "babies - preschool" tag is a little misleading. This is a beautiful, vividly colored book however there are few words - as in 3 or 4 words every other page. While it's fun to look at, the lack of words/story keeps my 2 year old from enjoying it like most of her books. She spends maybe a minute on it, and is ready to move on.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb32b6d68) out of 5 stars Wonderful for any collection Dec 25 2007
By Christopher J. Deangelis - Published on
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This book has beautiful photographs and a decent text as well. I bought it for a daycare, and now I plan on ordering one for my son as well...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb32b6c60) out of 5 stars Beautiful, captivating photography introduces little ones to babies all over the world Feb. 16 2009
By The Well-Read Child - Published on
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Kids are fascinated with babies. They love to touch them, beg to hold them, and enjoy looking at them, so I think they will really love this week's baby/preschooler pick. Global Babies is a board book that features 17 beautiful photographs of babies around the world. Gorgeous babies from Thailand, Mali, the United States, Afghanistan, and more are dressed in customary clothing and show their distinct personalities. For example, the baby from Fiji sits on its knees with its hands behind its head just grinning at the camera, and a baby with large, glowing eyes from Rwanda peeks out from the multi-colored wrap that holds it close to its mother.

The text itself is one sentence that spans across the book, demonstrating what all babies have in common, regardless of where they're from.

Young children will be captivated by the photographs of all the babies in the book, and older preschoolers may be inspired to learn more about the different countries represented in the book. I can think of a number of expansion activities to teach children more about geography, different, cultures, and more.

In a simple, approachable format Global Babies helps children develop an appreciation for diversity and teaches us that despite all of our differences, we are all the same.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb32bd2b8) out of 5 stars Wonderful and important book! May 6 2010
By Melissa Boyd - Published on
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I love this book - it's been one of my daughter's favorites since we bought it, and it still is. (She was 3 months when we got it and is 12 months now.) She loves looking at the bright pictures of babies' faces. And as a parent, I am thrilled to introduce this message to her at such a young age. It does a better job than any other children's book I've seen of displaying all the wonderful diversity in the world and reminding us that each one of us is beautiful and special.