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Baboon

by Kate Banks
Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben

Published by U.S. edition: Frances Foster / FSG, 1997
26 pages
ISBN: 0-374-30474-2

Ages 2 - 4

A baby baboon, seeing the world for the first time, tries to describe the whole by observing pieces of it. Upon seeing the forest, for example, he tells his mother: "The world is green." and she replies, "Some of it." After observing a turtle, the baby baboon tells her: "The world is slow." "It can be," his mother responds. Throughout the day the baby draws generalizations from specifics, and his mother gently clarifies, until the tired baby, falling asleep at night, declares, "The world is big" and his mother wholly agrees at last. Bold paintings of the lush jungle environment convey the diversity of the world as seen through the baby baboon's eyes, as the comforting, understated text focuses on the bond between parent and child. CCBC categories: Books for Babies and Toddlers. .  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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