Walk On!: A Guide for Babies of All Ages

by Marla Frazee

“Is sitting there on your bottom getting boring? Has lying around all the time... read more

“Is sitting there on your bottom getting boring? Has lying around all the time become entirely unacceptable? It is time to learn how to walk!” A baby’s first steps are presented via a tongue-in-cheek coaching session as an unseen narrator urges the youngster down the path to bipedal mobility. “You will need support. This is tricky because sometimes what you think will support you won’t” is paired with an illustration of baby contemplating a range of potential poor choices, from swivel chair to tippy lamp. The pitfalls of the experience are stated conversationally: “It is very common to fall down. Hey, it’s okay. Go ahead and cry if it helps. Feel better now?” This humorous “how-to” picture book manual will appeal to competent walkers who are not far removed from their own toddling stage, and interested caregivers of any age. Readers can’t help but cheer on the baby as it progresses from standing with support, tobalancing independently, to those monumental first steps. (Ages 2–4)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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