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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2003
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
on 21 January 2003
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
on 14 June 2006
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
on 24 November 2008
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
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
on 1 November 2010
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
on 28 September 2010
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
on 21 July 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 1999
I have used this book in connection with adoption. Two little girls who have now moved to an adoptive family used this book to make connections between their life experiences and the story in the book. They were able to identify like the baby in the book that they had no mummy or daddy and like the baby, a new mummy and daddy were found for them. The illustrations in the book provided a contrast. For example, the home setting with their new mummy showed warmth and love. Whereas, walking, initially, in isolation, showed the feelings surrounding being alone and not knowing where you are going.
Both the girls are now settled in their new home
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2009
'Bye, Bye Baby' has to be one of the most original children's stories in print. Just when you think you've reached it's happy resolution, it has a happier one in store. Janet and Allan Ahlberg manage to combine whimsy with the tough realities of life. Another of their books, Peepo, is set in the London Blitz, for instance. This book is about people and animals who are alone finding a family. Allan Ahlberg was himself adopted. But instead of being preachy or tragic, it is full of life and love. I wish the publishers would put it back in print!
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