This is a truly fine collection of poetry that is tailor made for the youngest readers. These short bits of verse are whimsical, well written, and address all the issues that toddlers will find interesting, mysterious or funny. From The Bath, to My Daddy's Beard, Hush, and Blankie, Oliver hits on everything. None of them are very long, so you won't have any trouble remembering them to recite over and over again. I was particularly excited to find more than a few that are well suited to baby and toddler story times. I loved the poem entitled My Tongue, which states in part: "...It's in my mouth A little south Of where you'll find my nose." Lots of important information there!
I will admit that I have never been a big fan of Tomie dePaola. His illustrations have never appealed to me with their soft fuzzy acrylics and rounded edges. He provides the illustrations for this collection, and I sincerely believe that you couldn't have found a better accompaniment for these little gems. They perfectly accent each poem, and turn this book into a true gift-quality collection that I think should be a must have for any new parent. There are 23 poems included in this collection.
Finally, a short note to story time leaders. If you are looking for a few new little rhymes to pump up your infant and toddler story programs, give this book a try. The ones on body parts offer a nice alternative to the usual ones we do every week, and the subject matter is varied enough to fill out a number of themes. Little Poems for Tiny Ears is a great collection and an enthusiastic recommend.