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I'm Going to be a Big Brother
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a hospital Childbirth and Newborn Health Educator I come across many pregnant couples, and issues about siblings often come up in the course of classes I teach. I'm so pleased to finally have such a wonderful book to recommend to them. In these books, the language in conversations between parent and child is wonderful for parents to model, so that they can take cues for healthy interaction around pregnancy and delivery. Explanations of the birth process seem to be just the right amount of information, and the language, although clinically accurate, is in my opinion not in the least offensive to even the most delicate sensibilities. Suggestions such as gentle touch, safe toys, sharing and teaching the newborn sibling are very thoughtfully phrased. Discussion about the real-life issue of parents leaving for the hospital and being absent for a period of time, including what who will care for them, helps prepare youngsters for what might otherwise be a confusing and frightening time. The images are engaging and colorful, and give the child an opportunity to use the pictures as metaphors for their own imagination in "thought balloons" (such as the couple in the hospital holding the baby and telling the child on the phone about the birth of the baby). The announcement "You're a big sister/brother" is a perfect way to let the child know the baby has been born, and to help the child celebrate with the parents, at the same time making him or her feel included and important. What a lovely way to help set up families for future healthy sibling relationships. I'm so pleased that this book is finally available!

Georgia Montgomery CD, CCE, LE, BLS
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
I wish I'd had "I'm Going to be a Big Brother" before our second child was born. A well-written book, complete with colorful drawings, it covers everything from when to begin discussing the new baby to a catchy musical CD that will have your little one singing and dancing around. Brenda discusses the changes that will take place as the family gets ready for the new addition: toys and baby clothes will be unpacked, Mommy's belly will grow, and a simplistic explanation and drawing of how the baby will come out is even included. The issue of who will care for your son while Mom's in the hospital is addressed. And the announcement "You're a big brother" is the perfect way to start a loving sibling relationship where the emphasis is on how the older child has the important role of being a teacher to the new baby. Preparing, including, and empowering your older child will go a long way toward creating this positive goal.

If you want to help your son get ready for the changes to come in a thoughtful way and set the stage for a healthy relationship between your children, this book is a must read!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have a 2 1/2 year old and bought this book thinking it would be a great introduction for our little guy. I read two pages and realized this is not the book! This is a great book for older kids, but definitely not for preschool age. Too clinical and way to complicated for little ones.....again I would not recommend unless you have older children.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2008
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The drawings are pretty ugly, and the text is really blah. It's written in a very dry, almost clinical way. It talks about baby safety, and how the baby comes out, grandma coming over to stay, but the baby never actually arrives in this book. This is not one I'll keep.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to a family whose three year old would soon be a big brother and immediately was invited to read it aloud. I substituted the soon-to-be big brother's name for that of the character in the book and told the story simply as the delightful illustrations revealed it. The boy looked and listened intently while the mom pointed out that this looked like her tummy and that her was the grandmother who would come to stay while she was in the hospital. Later, the mom told me that her husband had read the book to the little boy too and that he enjoyed the story again. She also said that the accompanying music c.d. was great. So, judging by this reaction, I would strongly recommend this book and suggest that the text is readily adaptable to suit each individual family's situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
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I sent this book to my daughter to have her read it with her 8 yr. old son. He being the big brother. I had read the details of this book, but didn't read the entire book, because I had ordered it on line. She got the book in the mail and right away her son wanted to read it. So she let him read it out loud to her. When he started to giggle and try to pronounce the words "birth canal" and "uterus" in shock my daughter grabbed the book and saw a drawing of a somewhat naked woman with a baby in her uterus and a line drawn down to where the baby would come out. She finished to read the rest of the book and now had to answer some tough questions she was not prepared for. She then called me in shock and said next time she would preread all the books I send her son, my grandson. I was a little emarrassed, but glad he had learned about life from his mom. Always preread books. Nana
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2008
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My son is 27 months, we are expecting in May and I bought this book to help prepare him. It is a wonderfully written and illustrated book but too advanced for my little guy. I now just pick out the 'important' parts and do a cliff note version when reading to him. There is a lot of text and he lost interest. I would recommend it just realize that you will have to alter it a bit for the younger ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book that prepares a little boy named Sam for what to expect from his little brother. IT is a bit too long for my 2 yr. old son, so we only pick and choose some pages. I would recommend this for kids 4+. comes with a nice CD,though. m
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is helpful in allowing my son to ask us questions regarding any insecurities or information he has about this uncoming event. He can relate to the character in the text. Wise move for our "only" child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
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We love this book and it was the perfect little story to get our 4yr old ready for becoming a big brother! We still read it over and over!
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