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Book: Cradle Me
Author: Debby Slier
Publisher: Star Bright Books, 2012
Related website: www.starbrightbooks.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Infant to age 3
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Slier, Debby. Cradle Me (published in 2012 by Star Bright Books Inc., 13 Landsdowne St., Cambridge, MA 02139). Are Native American babies any different from other babies? While Native Americans may have different cultural traditions, a baby’s smile is the same the wide world over. One Native American practice that endures to this day is that of carrying babies safely and comfortably in cradle boards close to their mothers. Each cradle board is personalized and varies from tribe to tribe in style and material used. This board book shows babies from different tribes in their unique cradle boards as they smile or frown, cry or yawn, look or sleep. There is a fill-in-the-line feature that enables readers to translate the words into their own dialect. A portion of the profits from Cradle Me is donated to the National Indian Child Care Association. Babies love to look at other babies, and they will love this book.