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You're Getting a Baby Sister! Board book – February 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Brdbk edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442420502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442420502
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You’re Getting a Baby Sister!
Sheila Sweeny Higginson, illus. by Sam Williams. Little Simon, $7.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-4424-2050-2 

With sensitivity and humor, Higginson gives prospective older siblings the scoop on what to expect from the new bundle of joy: “Baby sisters are darling./ Baby sisters are cute./ But don’t let her looks fool you—/ because here is the truth.” Williams’s gentle pastel palette depicts families celebrating the arrival of their baby girls; the expressions on the older siblings’ faces show mixed emotions. Little sisters drool, smell, scream, and break toys (“the ones you love too”), concedes Higginson. But there is a silver lining: “You can be her first teacher—/ show her things that you know./ Give her patience and love—/ she’s just starting to grow.” It’s a pitch-perfect primer that reminds readers of the upsides of being a big brother or sister, without minimizing or trivializing those less-than-wonderful moments. Available simultaneously: You’re Getting a Baby Brother!
--Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2011, *STAR

About the Author

Sheila Sweeny Higginson is an award-winning author who has worked in children’s and educational publishing for twenty years. She has written more than one hundred books for children. Sheila lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York.

Sam Williams is the author, illustrator, and designer of numerous picture books for young children. Some of the books he’s lent his talent to include the Bunny and Bee series, Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Lisa Westberg Peters, and Pea Pod Babies by Karen Baicker. He recently put down his paintbrushes and took up the challenge to climb Mount Blanc! Sam lives with his wife in Hertfordshire, England.

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Very nice story with bright pictures.
Leah
This book is perfect for toddlers to understand that a new little sister is coming.
Ken Sandell
My son is 3 and he love when I read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julianne E Roach on July 14, 2013
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This was extremely helpful for my 3 year old to start our discussions about her baby sister's upcoming arrival. Simple language but great information for a young one!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cynniec on July 12, 2013
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This book is so negative. I have a 2 year old little boy. The last thing I want to tell him while preparing him for a new baby is all of the negative things about babies. It starts by saying how cute the baby will be....leads up to don't let her fool you...she will actually pull your hair, scream and cry, steal you toys, take your attention....etc. The book wraps it up with a positive spin. I won't read this to my son because he is 2 and he doesn't need to be worrying about negative aspects of having a sister. He needs to be excited about helping and teaching and being a brother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lmott on April 21, 2013
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I recommend this book to anyone who is expecting a new little baby sister. My grandson enjoys us reading this to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becca on December 17, 2012
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It's a cute book with practical instances with a baby sister. There is a place to add her name in the back, so it's a really cute gift for a soon to be or new big sibling.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel McCulloch on December 22, 2012
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This is a great book to get your child ready for a sibling, and I especially like the fact that one of the pages shows the Mom nursing the baby, rather than giving it a bottle. Another nice touch is that each page features children of different races, so no one will feel left out reading this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mommy2themany on August 5, 2012
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I was excited to find a book that doesn't say, "babies sleep in cribs" or "babies drink from a bottle" because my babies don't. I was even more impressed that there's a picture of the Mommy nursing the baby in this book. Well done!!
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The illustrations and construction quality of this book is excellent, but I'm not thrilled with the gist of the content. Until the last two pages, the book describes how the older sibling will have to tolerate all the annoying realities of the new baby. I suppose the description is realistic, and perhaps necessary.

I would not want this to be the first or only book to read to a soon-to-be big sibling, especially if s/he is already upset about a new baby on the way. On the flip side, if the older sibling is unrealistically excited about having a new best friend to play with, this might be the best book to start with.

I just talked myself into upping my rating to 4 stars. Just be aware of how this book will play into the attitude of your new older child.
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My son loves this book. It seems to help him understand that his sister is coming soon and we've read this book several times a day for weeks now.
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