From School Library Journal
PreS In this succinctly written story, Rosie's brother Bobby is born early, the "smallest, weakest little hare ever," and Rosie is afraid for him. This fear keeps her away from the baby until her parents think she does not like him. When she confides the truth to her dad, he helps her overcome her worries by telling her a story about a tortoise who was slow and steady, just like Bobby's growth. This reassures Rosie, who is now ready to hold her brother for the first time. Uncluttered pencil-and-watercolor sketches highlight the characters and bits of their surroundings. The illustrations extend the story; Rosie wears a concerned expression on her face until the end when her smile shows that she is sure her brother will be all right. Many books have been written about new babies in the family, but this one is unique in its focus on teeny, tiny premature babies. Kathleen Staerkel, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL
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About the Author
Margaret Wild is the author of more than twenty books for children, including Old Pig, Big Cat Dreaming, Going Home, and The Very Best of Friends. She lives in Sydney with her two children. Ron Brooks is one of Australia's most distinguished artists. He recently illustrated Margaret Wild's Old Pig, which Booklist praised, saying "Beautiful in its simplicity, this captures the essence of a life; and children, even little ones, cannot help but feel the love that infuse it." Mr. Brooks lives in Huonville, Tasmania.