Candace Fleming  
Smile Lily
  Anne Schwartz Books
Atheneum, 2004
ages 4 to 8
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Smile, Lily!
written by Candace Fleming
illustrated by Yumi Heo

Lily won't stop crying. 
Waa! Waa! Waa! 
Lily won't stop crying. 
Oh, who knows what to do? 
Mother? Father? Grandma? 

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Baby Lily is inconsolable. One by one, each member of her family tries to stop her tears with lullabies, tickles, a diaper change, food, and toys. However, the refrain points up each one's failure to comfort the tot: “But Lily keeps on crying. Waa! Waa! Waa! Lily keeps on crying. Oh, who knows what to do?” Finally her brother smiles his biggest smile and in the cozy ending, Lily grins back at him. The bouncy, rhythmic text begs to be read aloud, and the artwork is a perfect match. Done in oils, pencil, and collage, the illustrations are filled with Heo's familiar bright colors, and the playful shapes, forms, and details leap off the pages. Each spread plays with perspective and offers surprising views of the action and characters. This satisfying, buoyant picture book will appeal to beginning readers as well as to storytime groups or during one-on-one sharing.

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