Friday, June 22, 2018

"Babies Nurses/ Así se alimentan los bebés" - a bookwrap

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"Babies Nurse / Así se alimentan los bebés" 

Authored by Phoebe Fox
Illustrated by Jim Fox

* Age Range: 4-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Paperback: 32 pages
* Publisher:  Platypus Media: Bilingual edition 
* Pub. Date: June 2018
* English-only edition available October 1, 2018

 Editorial Reviews

Simple, rhyming, bilingual text and gentle, quiet illustrations introduce the very youngest reader and listener to that most natural and loving of activities―mothers nursing their offspring. Mothers and babies of the fields, jungles, air, and water are all portrayed, demonstrating that all mammal babies are nourished in the same way. This book will be invaluable in presenting nursing as something completely natural, normal, loving, and good for both babies and mothers. (Wendy Watson, author and/or illustrator of over 60 books for children)

What a gentle book! It nurtures a child's empathy for others and opens their eyes to the world of nature. Very sweet and educational. (Harvey Karp, M.D., FAAP, author, The Happiest Baby on the Block)

Animal mothers of all shapes and sizes lavish their little ones with love and affection in a series of sweet poems celebrating nature, wildlife, and the special bond forged through nursing. Tigers, seals, dolphins, pandas, and other mammals softly take shape in peaceful watercolor portraits. Perfect for reading aloud to find out which mamas nurse their babies in the snow, underwater, on the beach, or upside down. (Foreword Reviews)

It is extremely important for children to learn that nursing is natural and normal. With its gorgeous illustrations, Babies Nurse beautifully represents the art of breastfeeding. (Katie Finney, R.N., NICU Nurse)

This beautiful book magnificently demonstrates the natural and instinctual connection between a mother and her offspring. Breastfeeding is the first step in cultivating a healthy mind, gut and spirit for both mommy and her little ones. As a pediatrician and mother, I appreciate the simple text paired with the lovely illustrations. Brilliant and inspiring! (Kristin Struble, M.D., author of How to Be a “Poop” Detective)

Unwrapping some beautiful illustrations 

About the book

This rhyming bilingual book (English and Spanish) is a delightful display of loving mothers nursings their babies.  Children get to see how baby mammals suckle their nourishment in order to grow and be healthy. 

The author has chosen to highlight 13 mammals that inhabit the land, the sky and the sea. The prevailing overall theme is the art of breastfeeding their young.

The tender, warmth of the colour pallet is done in watercolour.   It enriches the message of the text by portraying nurturing, cuddling and a mother's unbreakable bond towards her tiny infants.   

The book is a catalyst to converse about parenting, biology, habitats, survival instincts, and classification.  It...

"creates positive images around breastfeeding"

The author has included engaging facts and keywords about the selected animals at the back of the book to extend the learning.  

The accompanying Teacher's Guide extends the book's effectiveness. Written by Paola Segnini,  ESL teacher and La Leche League leader, the Guide includes additional content, vocabulary, hands-on activities and games to develop cognitive skills, teach science concepts, and improve literacy.  It is available for free download, in both English and Spanish, at :
I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Elementary school librarian, children’s book author, and mother of three, Phoebe Fox wrote Babies Nurse to show children that all mammals provide milk for their babies. Fox sought to emphasize the warmth and beauty of nursing while demonstrating that all mammals share certain approaches to feeding, protecting, and teaching their young. With degrees in Early Childhood Development and Curriculum Instruction, Phoebe was particularly well positioned to present this information in a way that young readers will respond to. Drawing on her own experiences as a breastfeeding mother, and wanting to present clear and accurate information about this “natural art,” she consulted zoologists and pediatricians to put together this deceptively simple introduction. She is also the author of Starry’s Haircut, Starry Gets Lost, and Up Up Up (winner of the 2015 First Edition Children’s Book Contest). Visit her at Fox lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and their three sons. She can be reached at

About the illustrator

When it came time to find an illustrator for the book, Phoebe asked her father-in-law, Jim Fox, if he would accept the task. Retired from the NBA where he played for the Phoenix Suns, Jim was himself a recipient of plenty of his own mother’s milk and says the benefits are obvious: he is 6’ 10”, healthy, and has produced wonderful kids and grandkids. The grandfather of five believes that nursing is a child’s best start in life. Jim lives in Phoenix with his wife, Mary Alice. This is his first book. He can be reached at

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