Title: Cave Baby
Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Emily Gravett
Recommended Ages: 3-5 years
Published: Macmillan Children’s Books (May 6, 2011)
This is a cute story about a cave baby and the difference a response & encouragement can make.
The cave baby is full of curiosity and creativity leading to a bunch of paint scribbles on the wall, but cave mum and cave dad are not impressed. They tell cave baby that the big brown bear will eat him and now he is afraid. Late in the night a mammoth comes into the baby’s cave and the baby is worried he will be taken to the big brown bear.
Instead, the mammoth takes him to his own cave where the baby can freely express his imagination with paint. Afterward, the mammoth and the rest of the mammoth family are impressed with cave baby’s wall scribbles. At the end, the baby is back in his cave happy dreaming of his masterpiece in the mammoth cave. This story written by Julia Donaldson of the Gruffalo has the same charming rhyming and delightful repetition. Emily Gravett’s illustrations make you feel like you are in a cave with this mischievous baby.