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About Face

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9780060178307: About Face

The first language every child learns to speak and read is body language. In this wonderfully playful picture book, one of the most recognized faces in America (along with her young son, Presley) shows us how to use our faces to say just about anything to our young loved ones! Filled with silly sounding onomatopoeic words, this delightful read-aloud will have adults smiling, frowning, wrinkling their noses, and making other funny faces with every line. Infants and toddlers find out how expressive they can be while adults learn that they are most beautiful in their children's eyes when they simply play, listen and laugh together!

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Supermodel Cindy Crawford and her young son, Presley, show moms and dads that communication does not begin and end with spoken words. Silly faces, flailing arms, big grins, a fist rubbing an eye--all these gestures and expressions speak volumes when Baby doesn't quite have the words to communicate feelings and needs. And when parents respond to their infants' body language, they are sending a very clear message: "I hear you. I'm here for you. You're safe. I love you."

About Face is a bouncy, playful romp with a valuable ulterior motive: to get parents to follow their intuition when it comes to communicating with their babies--and to encourage children to fall in love with words and other forms of language. Author Ellen Schecter's goofy wordplay ("Let's be GROWL-Y, prowl-y, howl-y, and jowl-y, then share grrreat big bear HUGS when we're done.") make the text amusing for readers, even if the rhymes are somewhat forced at times. Photographer Jade Albert and illustrator Paul Harwood intertwine cute photos of babies (and Crawford) with imaginative pastel designs. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal:

reS-A glitzy, but completely artificial, production that touts Cindy Crawford as its big selling point-she "conceived" the idea for this book and her face is liberally sprinkled throughout its pages. Its purported goal is to help parents "lay the groundwork for-open communication" by interacting with their babies. Surrounded by text like, "How about that NOSE? That bright button nose! Can you CRINKLE it, wrinkle it, hinkely-DINKLE it?" or "A SMILE'S just a frown turned upside down," the communication might be off to a rocky start. The book is filled to the brim with photos of adorable babies, most of whom are in fact baby models. They sit on pretend chairs, sport pretend hats, and even hold pretend ice-cream cones. The intended audience, in spite of the overblown preface and afterword, is hard to discern. The text is crowded and jumpy with too many words on a page for a baby to sit still for. And if it's aimed at toddlers and nursery schoolers, the lack of any real plot will leave them with little more than cute words that rhyme. Parents looking for "wordplay and-varied rhythms and rhymes" should open any of the wonderful Mother Goose collections, filled with wonderful language and rhythm. There are many fine picture books for infants-skip this one.

Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

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