Babies Don't Walk ... They Ride by Kathy Henderson


Babies Don't Walk ... They Ride by Kathy Henderson

Babies don't walk, they ride. Babies don't run, they glide. Little ones will love spotting themselves in this book full of babies-being carried around, thrown up in the air, riding in prams and whizzing around the supermarket in trolleys. Beautiful, humorous artwork from Lauren Tobia and a gentle rhyming text from Kathy Henderson make this the perfect first picture book.


Delectable infants grace the pages of this lovely book as they are pushed, shoulder ride, glide, stroll (in their buggies of course), roll in trolleys (and other things), go bumping in buses, charge charioteer-like and even fly sometimes; all courtesy of their parents, carers, siblings and very likely, grandparents and other willing movers and shakers, all of whom huggle and cuddle, and sing to their charges. And those babes if only they could, would join in the chorus of Babies don't walk they ride!

- readers, listeners and of course, those infants and those who care for them in this gorgeously illustrated, rhyming parade of perambulations. A great partnership and a 'read over-and over'-production for the very young and all their adult minders. One (or more) to give and one to keep, I'd say. -- Jill Bennett Red Reading Hub Lauren Tobia's illustrations can be likened to Helen Oxenbury's but with a bolder pallet and a contemporary eye. Her romantic pictures show a diverse range of city-dwelling parents using every modern and ancient type of baby transport - from sporty buggies and car seats to woven slings and cardboard boxes. Kathy Henderson's simple and lyrical story about these various modes of transport make this a perfect picture book. -- The Big Issue North I knew there were a lot of ways babies get around, but I'd never given it much thought just how many ways there are. Each way suits the needs of the family involved - there's more than one way to wear a sling and more than 1 type of buggy. I imagined what happened next and how the characters lived outside of the scenes, the illustrations enticed me to ponder before turning over the page. Definitely a book to reread and spot different things and create different stories from! -- Jessica Pitcairn Nayu's Reading Corner

About the Author

Kathy Henderson

Kathy Henderson is an artist, printmaker and illustrator, as well as an author. She has written many books for children of all ages including In the Middle of the Night, The Year in the City, Fearless Fitzroy and The Little Boat, which won the Kurt Maschler Award and was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. She has also illustrated a number of books herself including And the Good Brown Earth and The Storm which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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24 pages


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Publication date

1st June 2015



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