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Candlewick Press

Baby Goes to Market, Introduction to Numbers

Baby Goes to Market, Introduction to Numbers

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Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers in Baby Goes to Market.

When Baby and Mama go to the market, Baby is so adorable that the banana seller gives him six bananas. Baby eats one and puts five in the basket, but Mama doesn't notice. As Mama and Baby wend their way through the stalls, Baby collects five oranges, four biscuits, three ears of sweet corn, two pieces of coconut . . . until Mama notices that her basket is getting very heavy!

Rhythmic language, visual humor, and a bounty of delectable food make this a tale that is sure to whet little appetites for story time. The beautiful illustrations by Angela Brooksbank are also a feast for the eyes. 


  • Baby Goes to Market
  • Written by Atinuke and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank.
  • Published by Candlewick Press, March 12, 2019.
  • Ages 3 to 5 years
  • 0.5" H x 11.3" L x 10.0" W (1.13 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover


PRAISE FOR Baby Goes to Market

Brooksbank's illustrations, based on her own childhood memories of going to market in Nigeria, are full of colours, patterns and prints, and varieties of local transport. Repetition and variation make the book especially good for the young, and its wealth visual detail promises many satisfying rereadings.
--Saturday Star




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