Ellen Schecter, Author, Jade Albert, Photographer, Paul Harwood, Illustrator , conceived by Cindy Crawford, photos by Jade Albert, illus. by Paul Harwood. Harper Entertainment $19.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-017830-7

Supermodel Cindy Crawford—along with her toddler son, Presley, and a host of other bright-eyed babies—puts her best face forward in this picture book designed to facilitate parent-child bonding through facial expressions. Following a note to parents from Crawford, a bouncy text that sometimes speaks directly to the audience ("Hello nose, hello toes; hello lips like a small soft rose .... About face! Now it's your turn. Can you pucker up and kiss my nose?") and weaves over and around carefully posed photographs embellished with pastel spot illustrations. A few examples convey the unpolished writing (for instance, "A smile's just a frown turned upside down—can you do it, too?" puts the emphasis on the frown rather than the upbeat smile), but the greeting-card message nonetheless prevails. Throughout, boldly colored backgrounds and a hand-lettered-style typeface that emphasizes key words in bold capital letters, give the action here an appropriately playful look and feel. New parents, especially those who may lack confidence in their read-aloud, play-along skills, will find this title especially inviting. All ages. (Nov.)

FYI:A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit Reading Is Fundamental.

Reviewed on: 10/22/2001
Release date: 11/01/2001
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