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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (July 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517800748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517800744
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A preschool-age boy actively helps to prepare for the homecoming of his new sister in Rockwell's (Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition) reassuring account. The young narrator shares with the reader an upbeat version of what to expect, starting with accompanying Mommy to an obstetrical appointment and ending with the boy's success at distracting the crying newborn with a musical toy. Along the way, stylized but essentially realistic illustrations show calm, smiling characters: white-haired Grannie, phone held to her ear, reports news of the birth to the beaming narrator; parents, boy and newborn snuggle in the hospital bed. Rockwell integrates a factual approach (there is a gestation-period chart) and a down-home quality (the boy compares his belly button with the baby's umbilical scab and later reports that the baby "sounds like a cat when she cries"). Emphasis and proportion accurately reflect a happy child's point of view. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1From a chart on how a baby grows in utero to the end of her first day home, this book covers the entire birthing process as described by an older brother. The opening pages present information about the fetus, while the middle section shows the family getting ready and the boy and his grandmother waiting anxiously for the big moment. Rather than delve into the boys emotional responses to having a new sibling, the book objectively presents intimate images and experiences: the baby inside the womb (shown in mothers tummy and in a full-page close-up), the mother nursing her, the boy and his dad carefully sponging around the umbilical cord scab. There is comfort in the honesty and straightforward familiarity of the text, which is supported by soft colored-pencil drawings. At times the boy looks flat on the page, and his teardrop eyes and round head are more cartoonlike than realistic. However, when Eliza hits the scene the artwork really shines, as Rockwell captures both the skinny helplessness and surprising individuality of a newborn. Readers who have already welcomed a new baby into their home will enjoy remembering the events portrayed here while future siblings will gain insight into whats in store for them.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My 2-1/2 year old loves this book.
Kathy Livingston
I like it that the pictures even show the baby in mommy's tummy, how it's growing and mommy breastfeeding.
W. Bacio
This book is GREAT at introducing the concept of pregnancy, and a new baby sibling, to an older sibling.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Dixon on October 26, 2003
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This is my favorite book of this genre and recommend it to anyone with a new baby coming. We own 6 different "new baby" books and this is the best because it touches on all aspects of the baby-to-come (it ends when the new baby is only days old). There are illustrations of the mom/older brother at the OB's office, of an embryo and fetus development, of the family going through old baby clothes to prepare for the arrival of #2, of waiting at home w/Grandma while mom & dad go to the hospital, of visiting at the hospital, Dad bathing the baby at home, mom breastfeeding, and of a crying baby, among other illustrations. My daughter wanted to read this book several times daily for months before my son was born. She still loves hearing the book read to her and will read it to her stuffed animals, too, 8 months after my son was born. (My kids are 26 months apart.)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Horrocks on January 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My five-year-old niece took this book out of the library twice. Now, I'm buying it for her to have at home. The book details how a baby grows inside a mommy in simple, uncomplicated words and pictures. The development of a baby is explained in terms a very young child can understand and accept without being frightened or confused. The story also talks about the joy of having a new baby in the house. It is accurately and clearly illustrated with sweet drawings. I highly recommend it for preschool, kindergarten, and even primary school age children.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Elliott VINE VOICE on November 19, 2005
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This book is something that my kids still enjoy, even with no more babies on the way. It really helped explain a pregnancy, without being too graphic or boring. I loved reading this book to my son and pointing out how big his sister was, compared to the pictures at different stages of pregnancy. The book also does an excellent job acknowledging what the child is experiencing, from going through baby clothes he once wore to grandma pulling out the pictures of him growing up.

I purchased several books during my 2nd pregnancy dealing with this subject and it's the only one worth reading over and over. Definitely a must have book if you have a baby sibling on the way.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first checked this book out at the local library and my son(3years) liked it so much he did not want to return it. We reneweduntil I found a copy to buy. It really helped him understand what was going on inside my tummy without too much explaination.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sue Johnson on February 1, 2006
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I bought several books on this topic for my 3 year old and she likes this one the best. It has great pictures of a baby growing in the womb and simple explainations. The older sibling (a boy) feels the baby kick, goes to the Dr. with his mom and hears the baby's heartbeat and helps get out his baby clothes and toys for the new baby. Then his grandmother comes over to watch him while the mommy and daddy go to the hospital. He helps hold and bathe the baby and soothe her when she cries. My child asks for this over and over.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2002
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My 6 year old son loved this book. We read it practically every night while we were expecting our second baby. He loved to compare what stage of development our baby was in based on the fetal development chart in the book. It's a wonderful, lighthearted story that really helped him get excited about having a new baby in the house.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hugo's Mom on September 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Bought this book on a whim, walking through Barnes and Noble, to prepare my 2 1/2 year old son for the new arrival. It turned out to be even better than I expected. I was worried that the detail and depth that this book went into would be too much for him, but it seems that at his age, the more info, the better. He requests this book almost nightly, and loves when I change the names in the book so that it's appropriate for our family. As a mom, I really appreciate that this book covers a lot of what will be really happening, so that nothing really comes as a surprise to him once baby gets here - things like, the umbilical cord scab, baby crying, breastfeeding, sponge baths... etc. It also gives a thorough background of baby's development, which is a key concept to understanding that at some point, Mom's belly will soon give way to a sibling. The author isn't vague nor does she use alternate terms for things, or attempt to "dumb it down" at all. Thanks to the great pictures, even the most complicated things like "umbilical cord" is pretty easy for my son to understand. Will definitely be recommending this book to all my mom friends expecting another little one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Fierlinger on August 17, 2003
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I have to hold back the tears when I read this book to my son who is almost 4 and expecting his baby brother in a few weeks. It is so helpfull for a child his age to see the trip to the midwife, using the doplar to hear the hearbeat, feeling baby move in mommys tummy, seeing a growth chart showing baby's growth in a very accurate way for a child his age. I love the picture where they take out all of his old clothes and get them ready for the sibling. Also when the dad and son give the new baby a bath together - it is so touching. I can not highly recommend this book enough especially for an older child that can appreciate the complexity of what is really happening to his family.
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