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Bye Bye Baby Paperback – 5 Sep 1991


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mammoth; New edition edition (5 Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749706244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749706241
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 0.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN, both winners of Greenaway Medals, and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994 and Allan, a former teacher, now lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "jwhittaker2" on 28 April 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised by the reviews for this book as I adore it and so do my children. The concept of a little baby living all alone, changing his own nappies and boiling his own egg for lunch pulls the heartstrings, and his ensuing search for a mummy is entertaining.
There is enjoyment in the words and especially in the beautiful illustrations. I approve of the baby being so tidy that he puts his banana skin back in his suitcase after eating its contents. Buy, buy, buy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caroline on 21 Jan. 2003
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I love this book, and can't understand why others dislike it. Perhaps it is because I am a foster carer and babies and toddlers that I care for are looking for a 'forever family' ie new mummy and daddy. Yes it is unusual, but in no way dangerous as has been suggested.
For me it has a great deal of thought provoking content to indicate that not all children have parents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate Says on 14 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was favourite bedtime reading for both our children, now in their teens, and its mesmerising refrain was used as the basis for our own family's script about adoption.

A tiny baby lives alone, even having to change his own nappy. He decides that this is not right, and sets off to find a Mummy. During his quest he encounters a variety of unsuitable but sympathetic Mummy-substitutes, all of whom befriend him and, Chicken Licken-like, follow his lead to find him a Mummy.

It is a beautifully illustrated book, and appeals to children's understanding about belonging and adventure. There is lovely, quirky humour in the unsuitable candidates for a Mummy, which caused great guffaws of laughter each time the book was read to our children. Of course, eventually the quest is successful and the readers feel satisfied that the baby is now safe and loved.

This book has explained adoption to our adopted children, and to their inquisitive cousins, to everyone's great satisfaction. I am astonished to discover this story has received bad reviews: it is no more likely to encourage children to talk to strangers than it is to encourage them to leave home before they are out of nappies!

I am about to order a copy, at my children's specific request, for a family acquaintance who has recently adopted two children. We are very confident that their children, too, will love this story and use their imaginations to make it their own.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K on 24 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
My adopted daughter has loved this book since she was a toddler. No adoption book list mentioned it and we came across it by accident, but it has been very meaningful and positive for her in thinking about the events bringing her to where she is now. It isn't an odd story to us at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mehajabeen Farid on 1 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Baby has no mummy or daddy. He has to change his own nappy, feed himself and bathe himself - it was awfully sad for him. One day, he decided to go find himself a mummy. Follow him as he makes new friends and looks for a mother.

This book is magnificent: the illustrations are colourful and brilliant; the word selection is very fine for kids who are from 4 - 7 years old and the story line is charming. It is an exceptional book.

I utterly liked reading this book with my brother (who enjoyed it as well) and would rate it, for myself and on behalf of my brother, 10/ 10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah H on 1 Nov. 2010
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Bye Bye Baby, is a very good book if you have adopted a young child with a background of neglect and self preservation. It tells in a friendly way the story of a baby who has enough of looking after himself, and decides to find himself a mummy. It is something a lot of us adopters can relate to, children who find they need to be the one to take care of themselves, and this is a good introduction to the idea that mummies/daddies are there for the job!
Janet Ahlberg was herself adopted and I suspect there is a personal tone to the story.
A lovely story in its own right, but also great for adopters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Logan on 28 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Another lovely book from the Ahlbergs, now sadly unavailable new. I should think its a nice book for all kids personally but for adopted children its fantastic, especially when they have come from backgrounds where they were neglected and uncared for or abandoned at birth. This is a gentle funny way of saying that actually babies or toddlers can't look after themselves, its not their fault, and that they really do need a nice loving family around them to allow them just to be children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. M. Kerry on 21 July 2009
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I'm so pleased I finally managed to get hold of a copy of this wonderful book which isn't available in the shops anymore. I remember reading it to the children I used to look after (18 years ago) and it was a definite favourite with them. My eldest (aged 7) thinks this is a wonderful story and hopefully in time her younger brothers will agree.
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