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Mommy's in the Hospital Having a Baby Hardcover – April 14, 1997

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PreSchool-K. Many expecting parents will applaud the arrival of this addition to the existing body of literature. Unique in its focus on young children's separation from their mothers who are about to give birth, it depicts a traditional birth experience in terms of being hospital centered with newborns kept mainly in a nursery. While Rosenberg doesn't indicate the length of the mother's hospital stay, she reassures youngsters with promises of phone calls and a visit. Full-color photographs of several families and babies appear throughout, and the tone is generally upbeat and positive. The use of dialogue helps children imagine what it will be like to see their mothers in the hospital. Information is included about how infants look and act, and how older siblings can help with their care. For parents who expect only a minimal hospital stay or choose to give birth at a birthing center, at home, or in another nonmedical environment, this book will be less useful but not without merit in preparing preschoolers for the experience.?Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library,
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 3^-6. Little ones left behind when Mom goes to the hospital to have a new baby are always full of questions, and although this book is no substitute for a trip to the maternity ward or the hospital nursery, it is certain to answer some of the questions. In easy-to-understand, reassuring terms, Rosenberg talks about Mom's room and food and about the new baby's hospital experience. In the gentlest of terms, she also guides older sibs on how to behave during a hospital visit. Maass' pictures are occasionally a little blurry, and because they depict more than one family, they may be difficult for some children to follow. They are, however, always warm and straightforward, showing the baby surrounded by nurses, in a hospital crib, ready to nurse with Mom, in the arms of a big sister, and finally going home. The genuine quality, in both art and text, saves the day. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (April 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395718139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395718131
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,207,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Rall on May 18, 2006
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It's written for an elementary aged child, but the photos of real moms and real kids are very helpful, even for my 2-year-old (we just skipped the words). The clothes are out of date, but what little kid is going to notice? A good way to prepare for the Big Day.
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I love this book and wish they would update it with new photos and some of the new things they do in hospitals (for example, many hospitals now have babies room-in with moms, rather than go to a nursery). It's a great way to prepare an older sibling for seeing their mom in unfamiliar surroundings. Most children have not spent too much time in hospitals, so photos are a great way to introduce the setting before the big day!
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