That's for Babies

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I received an ARC from Clavis Publishing through NetGalley. This is a wonderful story to read to a family perfect for preschool ages. This story captures when a child, Pru, decides everything is for babies and they are too old for it, such as fun activities and foods that she liked before. She decides life is more enjoyable and will continue to do things she enjoys. Very sweet overall!
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I received an electronic ARC from Clavis Publishing through NetGalley.
Kramer captures the stage when a young child decides everything is for babies and they are too old for it. Pru packs away her toys, stops enjoying fun activities and doesn't want any foods she liked before. As all children do, she discovers life is much fuller when you continue to enjoy everything involved in it.
The illustrations bring Pru and her dilemmas to life.
Delightful story to read as a family during the toddler and preschool years.
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A cutsie little read, especially for our babies, who are becoming big girls and boys. 

I had some issue with the kindle edition. Not sure if it is an error but the pages were off and there was a repeat. Maybe if there is a hard copy, it would be different.
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I received this arc from NetGalley for an honest review. This book is about a little girl who wants to be a big girl and not activities for babies. In the end, she learns that maybe she does want to do some things that she did when she was a baby.
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Sweet little book my grandson enjoyed reading with me!
A story about growing up, for little kids and big kids ages 5 years and up.

Pru wakes up the morning of her third birthday and declares to the world ... "I'm a BIG kid now."   As all little kids do, she wants to grow up quickly and has decided pretty much everything in her life is for babies.  Ahhhhhh, when we are old we wish we were young again!
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“That’s For Babies” is a book about Pru who wakes up on her birthday and decides she is done with toys and games and that she is now a big girl. Pru goes throughout the day turning her nose up to everything she thinks she is too old for. Eventually Pru comes to realize that maybe not she’s not too big for certain things. 

This book is definitely more suited for kids that are four, maybe even five and up. While my almost three year old sat through it, she didn’t seem too terribly interested. The writing and illustrations were just okay. 

*Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I liked the message but the illustrations were super creepy. I think If I ready this to my child they's get nightmares just from the images : /
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That’s For Babies is a children’s book written by Jackie Azúa Kramer and illustrated by Lisa Brandenburg. Prunella wakes on her birthday feeling very grown up: she’s a big kid now. Everything she used to do, used to eat, used to enjoy, she’s now rejecting: “that’s for babies!” she shouts. Her beloved doll Sally (who has more expression, in her plastic face, than Prunella does) is relegated to the toy box along with all those other childish things. Her mother and father can’t interest her in anything she used to be happy doing. She spends her whole birthday this way and, she later admits to Sally, it’s no fun. She looks a bit lonely. But she doesn’t take Sally to bed (that’s for babies!) and she’s fine until the thunderstorm hits. The lesson for little ones is that you can be a big kid but it’s still OK to do the things you’ve always enjoyed and it’s OK to still need your friends and your parents. 
This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Clavis Publishing.
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Pros: The message is there and it’s true to form on how most kids think when they grow older.

Cons: I was confused and didn’t know who was the child or the toy at times. The toys had expressions on their faces as well, but then a part of the story showing the child tossing the doll in the air. I laughed hard at this, but my niece didn’t take it as swell.
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Adorable and eye-catching illustrations that are the start of the book. I can see kids taking a long time on each page to enjoy. I thought the story was light and cute. It's a good book for times of transition to show kids that even when things change, it does not mean that life does not circle back.
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Cute little story about not wanting to grow up too fast.  Prunella wakes up on her birthday and thinks she too old for all kinds of things, to quickly discover she doesn't want to give them up.  Illustrations were just okay for me.  Would recommend for kids 2-3.
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Prunella knows she is a big girl once her birthday arrives.  She packs away her doll and toys.  She stops doing things she enjoys because “That’s for babies!”  Even singing with her father is for babies so she won’t join him in song.  During a storm, though, Prunella finds her doll and holds it tight.  She tells the doll she will protect it.  Soon she decides that she might not be too old for the things she enjoys after all and she returns to the things likes.

This book contains fun descriptions (i.e.: “They flew on unicorns to a faraway kingdom.”  It is easy to read with just enough whimsy to entertain.  The words conjure up great imagines even without the cute illustrations that make want the reader to play along.

Nab this book.  Your preschoolers will enjoy it many times over.  


I received an ARC from Clavis Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
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This is a good book for kids trying to figure out where they fit when transitioning from “baby” behaviors to those of older children. The pictures are fun and the message simple. I think this one would be especially good for kids just starting school.
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Prunella, Pru for short, wakes up the morning of her third birthday and declares to the world ... "I'm a BIG kid now." 

She looks at her favourite doll, Talking Sally and says,  "That's for babies! and packs her away in a box of old toys.  Her mantra for the day becomes, "That's for babies!' as she declines heart shaped pancakes for breakfast, singing the A-B-C song with her father, and says no to her favourite animal cookies because they are too cutesy, just to name a few.   

When she has completed her day and is in her room alone that night, a loud thunder storm rumbles overhead.  It's then that she realizes maybe it's not so great having grown up aspirations.  Maybe she needs more time to enjoy the things she loves and besides, she is still small enough to tuck herself in between mother and father in their bed and feel safe and secure until that wretched old storm passes over.  And that's exactly what she did.  Maybe she should leave growing up for another day.  

The adorable illustrations starring an impish little girl are very relatable to kids and will have then smiling as the story is shared.  That's for Babies reminds us that growing up doesn't mean you have to abandon all the fantasy, playfulness and imagination that childhood offers.  I like the book and recommend it.
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My granddaughter says she is a big girl, so I thought I would read her this little book. Well, she listened very carefully and enjoyed the illustrations, but didn't seem to really connect with the story, perhaps because she is only 3. I read it to my 5 year old grandson and he loved it. He made comments about, still liking things that Prunella didn't like and saying she was still a little girl.Prunella wakes up on the morning of her birthday and announces, “I’m a big kid now.” She doesn’t want to do any of the things she usually loves. “That’s for babies!” she announces over and over again. Her doll is put away, no more bubble baths, animal crackers or even heart shaped pancakes! Those are for babies and Prunella is a big kid now. Just looking at Prunella she can tell she is a bit sassy. She is dressed in her own style, has her hand propped on her hip and thumb up. Can that sass help her when she is afraid? What happens when a big scary thunderstorm happens at night? Do big kids get scared? An sweet story about growing up, for little kids and big kids. This book would make a great addition to any family library.
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This story is just what the title describes it as. Pru wakes up on her birthday and decides everything she used to do is for babies and she is a big girl now. I liked the gradual transition from shunning all of her favorite toys, foods, activities to the realization of how she missed doing everything she loved "because she was supposed to feel a different way". I think we all go through that sometime in our life. Overall, this is a cute story for kids and the illustrations match!

Thanks to Netgalley, Jackie Azua Kramer and Clavis Publishing for the opportunity to read this in advance and provide an honest review.
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Cute illustrations. Subject matter relevant but the flow of the story is choppy. Sally the doll being clearly "alive" is somewhat confusing for little ones, and does not let the young reader follow their curiosity about Sally. Inviting Pru to the parental bed at the end seems to negate the gains she made in being a "big kid."
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As a mother of 6, I’ve heard the phrase “that’s for babies” a few times in my life....this book however didn’t capture any of those times. It wasn’t when getting tucked in, and definitely not when eating ice cream. This little girl in the story had an odd idea of what activities were for babies. The illustrations weren’t really my thing...a bit creepy if I’m being honest. 1 star from me simply because I think the initial idea could’ve really been a good book. 0 stars from my 6 year old daughter. Sorry.

*I was provided an ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review “
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I read this book with my three 1/2 year old and he loved it. He kept saying he's not a baby and and pointing at different items in the pictures.  As a parent I look for a book that can hold their attention and for them to interact with the illustrations.  This book checked both boxes for us. Thanks for the opportunity to review and share this book with my little ones.
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Prunella woke up on her birthday and exclaims, "I'm a BIG kid now!" She banishes the relics of her childhood because they are for babies! The illustrations were adorable and Prun has some serious sass to her! The story is a bit silly.
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