B Is for Baby

illus. by Angela Brooksbank. 40p. Candlewick. Mar. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536201666.
Toddler-PreS–"B is for Baby" is the first and last line of this entertaining story of a baby girl, her brother, a bicycle, some bananas, and a big surprise. Highlighting words that begin with the letter "B," and with only four words per page—except for one spread—a simple story emerges that will engage small children and be accessible, with a little help, to early readers. In an unspecified African village, a mother gets her very young daughter dressed and ready for the day. She sends her son off with a basket filled with bananas to share with his grandfather. Unbeknownst to the boy, his little sister has fallen into the basket and is along for the ride to Baba's bungalow. The tale takes readers forward and then reverses the steps as the boy returns to his mother with his sister in tow. Illustrations in mixed media are large and bright with a white background. Animals, trees, flowers, and the inhabitants' dress reveal a bit of village life.
VERDICT This tale offers eye-catching colors and a clever and fun way to introduce the "B" sound while telling a story.

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