|Time to say bye-bye|
Author: Cocca-Leffler, Maryann
A toddler goes to the playground, to Grandma's house, and home to play, then has a bath and goes to bed, each activity requiring a goodbye that also signals the beginning of new events.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/11)
School Library Journal (02/01/12)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (02/12)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 02/01/2012 This very accessible picture book addresses the challenge of transitioning between activities for the toddler set, focusing on a kid who must move from park to Grandma’s to home to bath and finally to bed. The story is nicely patterned; for each place, a few featured activities are mentioned (“Swinging, digging, riding fun”), the tyke’s reluctance to depart is noted (“I don’t want to leave”), then there’s an audible farewell to a handful of the key objects for that setting (“Bye-bye swing. Bye-bye sandbox. Bye-bye friend”). Cocca-Leffler’s illustrations enhance watercolor and pencil with patterned fabric elements, from the child’s overall pockets to the lace hem of Grandma’s skirt, that add visual interest to the cheerful scenes. This would be a great addition to a babies’ laptime, particularly if the little ones were encouraged to say/wave bye-bye along with the story. While parents are likely to be impressed with (and perhaps a bit skeptical about) the smoothness of the transitions, tots will just enjoy the description of this little kid’s happy, busy day. HM - Copyright 2012 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2012 PreS—Young children are rarely prepared to leave a fun activity, even if something better awaits them. This chronicle of a typical day in the life of a busy toddler is perhaps a bit unrealistic in the way the youngster happily complies after only a moment's hesitation. "Bye-bye cookies. Bye-bye flowers. Bye-bye Grandma." And it's off to the next frolic. However, children and adults alike will find the pages of vibrant, sweet, watercolor illustrations captivating. The pictures, along with a spare text, make this an enjoyable read-aloud for the youngest of listeners. And maybe the behavior modeled by the child will be catching.—Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/15/2012 This cheerful picture book follows a toddler through a day full of simple pleasures, such as playing at the park, baking cookies with Grandma, and splashing in the tub. The hard part comes when each good time ends, but when it’s time to let go, this child knows the formula that makes it easier: “Bye-bye swing,” “Bye-bye Grandma,” and so on through the day, until bedtime, when it’s “Night-night light. Night-night book. Night-night Mommy.” The appropriately short text captures the rhythm of the child’s day, tacitly acknowledges the difficulty of ending each enjoyable activity, and shows a simple tool for letting go with grace. Bright and sunny, the mixed-media illustrations create an appealing world full of recognizable things. Though adults enter the picture from time to time, the toddler is at the center of each colorful scene. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.