Moo, Baa, La La La - Strange Title, Wonderful Book (W/O)
Written: Sep 7, 2001 (Updated Sep 7, 2001)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Sweet, simple illustrations, Teaches animal sounds, Very Humorous
The Bottom Line: This is the BEST book you can find for an older baby or toddler.
It was very difficult for me to narrow down my media choices to just one for this wonderful write off. I have three children with very different tastes in videos and books and that was making my decision all the more difficult. I had “settled” on three different choices in the three weeks between agreeing to be a participant and today. My final choice is one that I am honestly surprised I have never written about before, but as luck would have it, I have not.
Sandra Boynton is probably best known for her adorable artwork. In the 80’s she delighted her many fans with her prints, mugs, cards and T-shirts depicting animals in a simple fashion, often using a play on words that made her illustrations even more amusing. One of my favorite cards is one with hippos, birds and sheep. The animals were used as musical notes and “Happy Birthday to You” was transformed into “Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes!”
It seems natural that Ms. Boynton would use her talents to create some of the best literature for toddlers. We have many of her board books in our large home library and the most popular Boynton selection, hands down, is Moo, Baa, La La La.
Let Me Tell You Why
My first experience happened at the home of some dear friends in 1988. I was not even married yet and they had a toddler who thought this book was the funniest book in the world. She delighted us all with her interaction when the book was read to her and I made a mental note that should I ever be blessed with a child, this book would be in our possession.
About five years later I had my little blessing and I can tell you not too long after her birth, my husband and I bought her a copy of Moo, Baa, La La La. She, too, thoroughly enjoyed reading with book with us and we were pleasantly surprised to find our own baby girl interacting in much the same way as our young friend years before. Our subsequent children have also read Moo, Baa, La La La many times with similar interaction. This book invites interaction and that is wonderful news for parents.
The Gist of the Story
Moo, Baa, La La La is a simple board book geared for older babies and toddlers. It is a book that teaches animal sounds which for some reason all parents feel the need to teach their children, myself included. The book starts off with a cute cow saying, “Moo,” a silly sheep saying, “Baa.” But wait! We now are told that “Three singing pigs say LA LA LA!” The text then reads:
”No, no,” you say, “that isn’t right. The pigs say OINK! All day and night.”
Ah, yes pigs do indeed OINK, don’t they?
Your child will soon learn that ”Rhinoceroses snort and snuff and little dogs go RUFF RUFF RUFF!
Next in the menagerie are a bigger dog, cats and kittens, a duck, and a horse. The book finishes up by asking your child, “What do you say?”
Although this book is very simple, it has a definite sense of humor, as do all Boynton books. The favorite part for all the children I know is the pigs singing. My children have all begun to giggle and shake their heads no as the page is turned to reveal that although the notion of a bunch of singing pigs is funny, pigs do indeed, OINK.
I can almost guarantee you that Moo, Baa, La La La will hold the attention of any child over a year old. It rhymes and has darling pictures of animals in primary colors, which are obviously the proper ingredients for a great board book. Moo, Baa, La La La is 14 pages long and is published by Little Simon, which is a division of Simon Books. It was originally published in 1982, but has changed very little if at all in almost 20 years.
I found copies of Moo, Baa, La La La at amazon.com for $3.99 and if you want to save a few pennies, you should try half.com where a “Like New” copy can be purchased for $2.20 or a dog-eared version for a mere $.75. Whatever copy you might choose, you will be so pleased with this book.
If you have an animal loving toddler or even if you don’t, Moo, Baa, La La La is a fun way to spend a little quality time with your little one.
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