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*Happy Birthday, Baby (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection)* by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Jan Girardi
 
Also by Dr. Seuss:

The Lorax Pop-Up!

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

Oh, Baby! Go, Baby! (A Cat in the Hat All-by-Myself Beginner Book)

The Big Green Book of Beginner Books (A Cat in the Hat All-by-Myself Beginner Book)

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (Bright & Early Board Book)

Happy Birthday to You! (Party Edition)

Up, Up, Up with the Cat (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection Rag Book)

Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?

The Cat in the Hat (Party Edition)

McElligot's Pool
Happy Birthday, Baby (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection)
by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Jan Girardi
Baby-3 16 pages Random House January 2009 Board book    

It is amazing that a few adjustments to a classic Seuss story, including shrinking the size of the size, reducing the number of pages and amount of text, and adding some flaps, textures, and interactive surprises, can actually enhance a story that already has an existing fan base dating back fifty years.

Happy Birthday, Baby! is a great introduction to the world of Seuss and will likely have the youngest readers looking forward to reading the full version of the story as their reading comprehension (and attention span) matures.

Baby highlights the key points of the original story, which focuses on how a particular town celebrates the birthday of its inhabitants. The text of the story is modified for its youngest fans, but itís done in a masterful way that maintains the essence of the original story.

It starts with a furry version of the Seuss-inspired bird waking up a child (sleeping under a liftable flap) to celebrate his big day. A tightrope excursion that gives readers the chance to pull the animals along and to view the flower garden, which includes flowers that actually give off a sweet scent. The wheel on the side of the book can be moved to make the fish leap into the Ketchup-Mustard-Pool and to rub the towels back and forth to be sure everyone is dry.

Happy Birthday, Baby! is a charming adaption of a classic story that includes a number of the creative book interactions that enhance its appeal. It makes a wonderful birthday gift, or a surprise for an occasion that warrants a charming addition to a book collection.
 
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