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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Valley is a baby learning about life through words in O-No-Mato-Poeic: Babble of Baby and Beyond, written by Silvia Marsz and illustrated by Luc Beamon. This children’s book displays the surroundings of Valley’s everyday journey. By touching things like his father's guitar strings and his father’s paint brushes, Valley is discovering new words. As Valley speaks, his mother can understand his language. Throughout O-No-Mato-Poeic: Babble of Baby and Beyond, Silvia translates Valley’s words to help us to understand him. Valley, as with any other child, has his own language. Here are a few examples of his: Pa-Ma ‘means airplane’ and Ba-Ba-Bug ‘means ladybug.’ As Valley travels on vacation from his home in Vienna to see his grandmother in Slovakia, he discovers a whole new world as he sees and hears the different types of animals. As Valley hears the sounds around him, he begins to mimic them, which helps to enhance his cognitive abilities.
I loved reading O-No-Mato-Poeic: Babble of Baby and Beyond; it was exciting to be able to see life through the eyes of a child. Following the exploration elements of Valley’s word formation was interesting because this is how motor skills and educational development occurs. How a parent interacts with their child creates an environment for learning. As Valley goes on an adventure of cooking with his mom, singing their favorite song every morning and making sounds with cooking utensils, Valley is increasing his vocabulary. Get a copy of O-No-Mato-Poeic: Babble of Baby and Beyond by Silvia Marsz to help your child see a whole new world.