Haiku Baby by Betsy Snyder

Posted: under Reviews, Uncategorized.
Tags: , May 4th, 2009

by Alison

by Alison

My daughter, Penny, loves books — as do I. So excited was I to share my love of books that I started reading to her on day one. This, ahem, did not go over very well, but we did start reading together soon after. And so Penelope, now 4 months shy of her second birthday, has become a picture book connoisseur of sorts.

Which takes me back to haiku. Haiku Baby by Betsy Snyder is a definite favorite. So much do we love this portable picture book with 6 illustrated haiku about nature and seasons, that I have decided every future shower gift will include a copy of Haiku Baby.

The illustrations are simply adorable. Check out the charming bluebird on the cover. This bird accompanies each haiku along with other cuddly animals in seasonal settings. How sweet is that?

The haiku are also perfect for babies, in their playful and simple language. Here is Penny’s favorite:

Under summer sun

turtle drops in for a swim –

plunk, plop, belly flop!

But enough from me. Here is Penny describing what she likes about Haiku Baby in her very own words:


translation: I really like the haiku about the wind and the leaves. Haiku Baby is about trees, rain and turtles basking in the sun. Nature is fun and also cute.

“Turtle! Turtle! Turtle!”

translation: I’m only 20 months old so I don’t know  a ton of words. But I do know a lot of the words in Haiku Baby. I know “turtle”, “hippo” and “flower”. I don’t know “igloo” but I’m sure I’ll learn that soon enough.

“Bye bye!”

translation: Whew. We made it to the end of the book. This almost never happens because like most toddlers, I have an incredibly short attention span. Six haiku at seventeen syllables each – perfect!

All haiku in this post © Betsy Snyder.



  • 1

    I am going to have to go out and get a copy for my son, Alexander.

    Comment by Lauren — May 26, 2009 @ 8:44 am

  • 2

    […] daughter Penny and I are both so smitten with the fabulous picture book Haiku Baby, I decided after reviewing the book I had to contact author and illustrator, Betsy Snyder to find out more. Here’s what she had […]

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  • 3

    i love your review of Betsy’s book—especially Penelope’s comments! i also LOVE this book and recently bought one for 5 friends having babies. it’s so sweet and simple and innocent and everything i’d love to read to my baby. btw, my daughter is just 10 weeks old…i started reading to her at 1 week and although she wasn’t so excited at first, i went on, and now she dances and wiggles throught every book, even long dr seuss books! maybe it has something to do with how much i read to her in my belly or maybe she just loves being read to. i mean, who doesn’t?!

    btw, great interview, too! so fun to hear the author/illustrator’s thoughts on her whole process!

    Comment by jenny — June 19, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

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