All toddlers live by the pleasure principle. For them, fun times always end too soon. So often they either turn a deaf ear to the words “It’s time to say bye-bye” or simply throw a tantrum. What is the solution? In this warm-hearted picture book, Maryann Cocca-Leffler follows a toddler from morning to bedtime, showing that all saying “byebye” really means is that you’re ready to say “hello” to the next fun thing on your “agenda.” With a bare minimum of words, and playful artwork, this is one of those rare read-alouds perfect for very young children.
What I like about this book, is how well Cocca-Leffler simplies the process of young children becoming clingy or fussy about leaving when they are having fun. Before leaving, the young boy says goodbye to all the different objects and people who interacted with. Parents can read this book to their kids and discuss having to leaving, even though they’re having so much fun. Its sets boundaries, its help keep a schedule, keep responsibilities and appointments. Each of the activities the boy is involved in is something that kids can relate to, and probably do on a regular basis. Park, grandma’s, playtime, bathtime, bedtime.
Each page is colorful, and correlates with the words on the page. The illustrations are well done, and reflect the change in mood in the young boy’s face. He goes from happy, to upset about having to leave, to content saying goodbye to various objects and people, and then happy again at the next event. The writing is very sing-song, and there are very few words per page, which makes it ideal for a baby storytime.
A few other books by the same author
Princess Kim series
Mr. Tanen’s Ties books