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The Day the Babies Crawled Away

by Peggy Rathmann

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by New York;G.P.Putnam's Sons,2003. (2003-10-01)

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What a lovely day at the fair. Children lining up for pony rides . . . moms and dads in a pie-eating contest . . . babies chasing butterflies . . . babies heading for the trees . . . I SAY! Where are those babies GOING? Only a small boy sees them leaving and follows as the babies chase butterflies in trees, frogs in a bog, even bats in a cave, ignoring pleas to come back. But not to worry, our hero saves the day, making sure that all the babies get home safely from their appealing adventures.

Caldecott Medal winner Peggy Rathmann has created a highly original story told in a lilting text and a bold new style with classic black silhouettes against stunning skies of many colors that change and glow as afternoon turns into evening.

One Potato Review

You only ever see these babies in silhouette, but what a lot of cut-ups! Chasing frogs and bees, and climbing off ledges and into bird’s nests – it’s all a little hilarious. There is also, significantly, a child in hot pursuit (and what appears to be a fireman’s helmet, no less) who isn’t so old that he cannot remember the good old days – of irresponsibility and tantrums – and isn’t so tough he doesn’t need a little comforting in the end from one of those grown-ups who were apparently back at the picnic drinking margaritas when all hell was breaking lose. Still, everybody ends up safe, and tucked in, with a pretty good story to tell. 

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