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Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah

Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah

Spring 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Author: Jean Van Leeuwen
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
ISBN: 0803728913
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Everybody in Benny's family, with one notable exception, thinks the new baby Delilah is just beautiful. Benny complains to his toy elephant that, “She's not beautiful. I don't even like her.”...“Beautiful was a read fire truck. Beautiful was a Tyrannosaurus Rex.”

Delilah requires an inordinate amount of time, including Benny's story time and tickle time; but it is the night time that wears everyone out. When a tired, exasperated Benny, tries to distract her by making a horrible face, everything changes.

With broad-stroke outlines and soft watercolors, LeUyen Pham can depict subtle body language and facial expressions— including stuck-out lower lips. This skilled artist captures the essence of various emotions—even Benny's toy elephant seems expressive. A humorous, understanding book for small children dealing with new family babies.

Kemie Nix   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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