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How do babies learn to talk? They listen to people speak and copy the sounds they hear. Rhymes are excellent learning tools for babies and toddlers because they emphasize the sounds, rhythms, and magic of words.All the rhymes in Hippety-Hop Hippety-Hay are specially selected and carefully targeted to encourage language development in children from birth to age three. There are gentle rocking, soothing, and bouncing rhymes for infants; finger and action rhymes that encourage enjoyment of language and its comic potential for ages one to two; and more sophisticated action rhymes for ages two to three. The author gives practical advice on how to say the rhymes, includes activities to accompany them and games to play, and even sets some of therhymes to music. Illustrated in full color throughout, Hippety-Hop Hippety-Hay should be on the shelves of every new parent's library.