- Book Style: Toddler and Baby Story Book
- Reading Level: 1 (Beginning Reading)
- Reading Length: 2-5 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cute, personal, full
- Age Target: 0-6 Years of Age
- Author: Nancy Loewen
- Author’s Page: All about Nancy!
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon – Hardcover – $6.69 USD, Kindle – $3 USD
- Social Media Links: N/A
Baby Wants Mama is a toddler and baby aged story book written by Nancy Loewen. It’s a simple book that is educational in nature, but also gives a feeling of family and warmth in just a few short words. The book runs through all the different members of the family and what they want. Sure, “Baby wants mama”, but everyone else wants something too. Through repetition of a few things, your little toddler will learn about family, a few objects, and the wonderful family dinner table.
Suffice it to say, I absolutely love this book. I don’t know exactly how she did it, but the feeling of warmth that comes from the book is incredible, especially when we consider that there are so few words. As the book comes to an end, you will know that you’ve helped your toddler understand a little bit about the great impact of family. If you ask me, that’s one of the most important lessons a child can learn.
Another thing that I love about Baby Wants Mama is that the book uses repetition in a very intentional way. Each sentence begins with a character in the story and ends with what they want. The characters are repeated and are relatively stereotypical. For example, “Daddy wants supper”, and we all know that dads always want supper. The items that the characters want are also sometimes repeated, and what’s more, they rhyme (and we all know how important rhyming is to toddlers).
After I read this book to my little guy, he asked me to return to a couple of the pages. Now, he’s a little older than the toddler age (4) but he was right into the illustrations. It’s the first thing that struck him, and he forced me to go back and review a couple of the pages as a result. If that’s not what you want as a parent, then I don’t know what it is that you want!
Seriously though, the illustrations remind me of a few old Sunday Comics. There’s a component of Calvin and Hobbes here, but it’s cuter than that. There’s a component of Peanuts too, but it’s more lively. Simply put, the illustrations are top notch and they really drive your toddler to learn and understand.
I suppose I don’t need to say a ton when there are videos like this, either.
Again, I don’t need to say a ton. It’s pretty clear that I’m thrilled with this book and that I can recommend it at the low price of $6.69 USD for a Hardcover copy and $3 USD for a Kindle Copy. Either format of the book is great value and I promise you you’ll read it time and time again with your toddlers. In fact, I might even suggest that this book would become an instant classic in your house.
Thanks for reading…to your toddlers,