Written and Illustrated by:Vera B. Williams
Preview and Predict
Take a moment to look over the cover and illustrations throughout the book. Ask
your child questions about the illustrations, or ask and answer them yourself for the very little ones.
What do you see on the cover? (I see….)
This book is about babies. How many babies are there? (Let’s count them…)
What do you like about the pictures? (I like...look at….)
[Flip to a certain page] Who do you think that person is with the baby? (Look...it’s a ____ with the baby!)
Why do you think the baby is saying “More More More”? (Can you say, “more, more, more”?)
For older children, ask, “What do you like a lot that you ask for more of?” If they have trouble naming things, you can ask, “ Do you like when I give you more strawberries? Do you like when I read you more stories?” For younger children still learning their words, try to teach them the sign for “more.”
As You Read
Keep your child engaged as you read by allowing them to read along with you! For example, when you get to the part of the story when Little Guy’s father admires Little Guy’s belly button and says “right in the middle, right in the middle, right in the middle of your fat little belly,” encourage your child to say it with you. Repeat it with your child so that by the next time you read the story, your child will jump right in without instruction. You can also have your child repeat when the children say “More More More”.
Monitor your child's comprehension as you ask questions about his/her life and the story you are reading. Each baby has a sweet nickname that their loved ones call them so ask your child about a nickname that you have for them by saying, “This baby is called Little Guy, but that isn’t his real name. Do I call you something else besides your real name? What do I call you?” If you don’t have a special nickname for your child, the two of you can brainstorm some nicknames and identify why that would be a good nickname for your child. You could say, “I can call you ______ because you ________.”
For younger children, simply flip back through the book and point at some of the illustrations you liked best. Model post-reading behaviors for future! For older children, gauge your child’s comprehension and processing of story by asking them about what happened in the book. Ask your child the following questions to explore their understanding.
What was your favorite part of the story? Why?
What did Little Guy want his daddy to do more?
What did Little Pumpkin like his grandma to do more?
What did Little Bird want her mom to do more? How did she show that she liked it?
Each of these babies had someone that loved them very much and showed them love and affection in a different way. You can ask, “Why do you think Little Bird’s mom hugged Little Bird real tight and kissed each of her eyes?” Ask, “How do I show that I love YOU a lot?” This is a sweet, heartwarming story that is great for bedtime, allowing you to show your child you love them before they drift off to sleep each night.
Extending the Story
For Babies or Big Kids?
Source:Fun With Mama
Supplies: printer, construction paper, glue, scissors, ruler, markers, clip art images of things for big kids and babies
1. Use your computer to print and cut out clip art pictures of things that are either associated with big kids or babies (or, consider cutting out from magazines). For example, print out pictures of a bicycle, a playground, a basketball, a doll, etc for big kids and a pacifier, a baby carriage, bottles, and a rattle for babies. Also print out a picture of a swaddled baby and two older children for the top of each column.
2. Take a sheet of construction paper and create a t-chart (similar to the one pictured above) with one column designated for “Big Kids” and the other for “Babies”. You can help your child use a ruler to create lines for the columns.
3. Hold up each picture one at a time and ask, “What is this? Is it for big kids or for babies?”
4. Have your child take each picture and glue it into whichever column they think it belongs in.