Bub­bie’s Baby

Elaine Ser­ling, Michael J. Phillips, illus.
  • Review
By – May 14, 2012

This book and CD set cel­e­brates a grandmother’s love for her grand­child. The author describes her own grand­daugh­ter Alex­is by name, which unfor­tu­nate­ly detracts some­what from the uni­ver­sal­i­ty of the sentiment. 

The CD is pro­fes­sion­al­ly pro­duced, and Serling’s voice is strong and sweet. The tune is live­ly and catchy. How­ev­er, the inclu­sion of the real baby Alexis’s prat­tlings push­es the cute­ness fac­tor painful­ly over the top into major sugar-shock. 

The book gives a more home­made impres­sion than the CD. Clum­sy car­toon­ish illus­tra­tions show an almost man­ic bub­bie loom­ing over an awk­ward­ly pro­por­tioned tod­dler. The lyrics, while catchy when sung, scan poor­ly on the page. 

The Jew­ish con­tent con­sists of vocab­u­lary such as Bub­bie, Zaydee, Saba, phras­es such as oy vey;” and of an illus­tra­tion that shows Alex­is’ future as a bat mitz­vah. This lev­el of con­tent is appro­pri­ate to the sto­ry, giv­ing an eth­nic fla­vor with­out weigh­ing the sto­ry down with a les­son on Judaism. 

An addi­tion­al pur­chase where inte-rgen­er­a­tional mate­ri­als are in demand. Ages 2 – 4

Hei­di Estrin is librar­i­an for the Feld­man Chil­dren’s Library at Con­gre­ga­tion B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, FL. She is a past chair of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee for the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries.

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