urban babies Wear Black

Urban Babies Wear Black

By Michelle Sinclair Colman, Illustrated by Nathalie Dion

Tricycle Press; June 2006; 20 pp.; $6.95 BB


Core Audience: The parents of upwardly mobile babies and toddlers

Strengths: Tongue is firmly in cheek; fun alternative to soft and fluffy board book fare; good shower gift for new moms who love lattes

Okay, let me just say that this book made me laugh my head off when I recently picked it up. It is aimed squarely at all the trendy, upwardly mobile families living in the trendy, upwardly mobile cities here in the US of A. It definitely reflects the lifestyle of those out there who are hip hot mamas and papas.

The artwork is great, and the activities portrayed, like going to the museum, going to the café, and taking baby yoga will be just the thing for urban babies of a certain class. I know of no other book for young readers that covers this kind of life style.

It must be mentioned, as one customer reviewer drolly pointed out, that many urban babies don’t wear black, they ARE black, and this book might seem a little obnoxious to anyone of any color barely getting by in the city.

However, it’s all in good fun, and this will make a terrific shower gift for new urban moms with a sense of humor. There is also a companion book Country Babies Wear Plaid, (1582461724) in which the urban babies enjoy a day in the country.

Rated: 7.75


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