Saturday, February 25, 2012

Book #56: We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin, Illustrated by Randy Cecil


Image from Amazon.com
In this large and colorful book various animals celebrate the joys of having hands, ears, feet, and other body parts. Each body part is introduced by a different animal and is followed by an action. For instance, the zebras have feet, “We can kick them. Can you?” Finally, all the animals realize that they’ve got bellybuttons, which are oh-so-fun to tickle, tickle, tickle!

Perfect for babies and toddlers, this book has very little text per page and the illustrations are playful and dynamic. The rhythmic questions invite kids to interact directly with the book, so get everyone up and moving when you read this book. In addition, the illustrations are full of animals with bellybuttons. Ask the kids to point them out to you and count them as you go along.

This is a great addition to a storytime about the human body. Follow the book with some rhymes and fingerplays, such as the classic Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes and the catchy Head and Shoulders Baby. I’m also a sucker for variations of The Wheels on the Bus, so today we have The Feet of a Hippo. You can also try using some of the rhymes and songs from my post on The Belly Book.

-Amy

2 comments:

  1. But...animals don't have belly buttons.

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  2. Actually, if they are mammals, then they do because they were born alive. For instance, I saw a harbor seals belly button at the aquarium the other day. But you're right, reptiles, birds, etc. that hatch from eggs don't have belly buttons. I feel rather sad for them.

    -Amy

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