We say ‘yes’ to No, Baby, No!

Here’s a charming book for babies, using a few particular words that they are likely to be very familiar with!

My son was about fifteen months old when he reached his little hand inside the video player, turned and looked me in the eye, shook his head and said “No, no, no!”

Babies certainly learn the word ‘no’ quickly. And the subject of No, Baby, No! by Guyanese poet Grace Nichols and charmingly illustrated by Eleanor Taylor also does lots of things that prompt his family to say “No, Baby, no!”

Baby is busy doing all the sorts of things that babies fill their day with – exploring the kitchen, climbing up high, grabbing grandpa’s glasses, splashing in the bath and chewing paper. What does Baby keep hearing? “No, Baby, no!”

Then one day, Baby does something special and the family celebrates with excited words of encouragement. I won’t give away the ending but I will say it is cute and certainly a true reflection of what happens when babies reach a certain milestone.

No, Baby, No! is suitable for children aged six months and over. Find it at Book Depository.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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