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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807577782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807577783
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr 1–Although there are many books about adjusting to the arrival of a new sibling, this one offers a fresh approach. It's “Mood Monday” in Miss Cady's class, a day when the children describe both how they are feeling and why. Theo announces that his mother had a baby over the weekend. When asked how that makes him feel, he can only respond, “I don't know.” The other youngsters describe their experiences. Eric is happy because he got a new bike; Lily is jealous because her sister won another trophy; Ameen is afraid because he got lost in the mall; and other children are sad, mad, and proud. Theo finally realizes that he has all of those emotions: he is happy because Grandma is staying for a week, jealous because now Mommy has no time to play, afraid because he doesn't want to drop the baby, and so on–but most of all he is proud to have a sister. It's refreshing to see that his classmates are supportive and help him to understand that mixed emotions are part of being a big brother. It's also refreshing that the children are encouraged to express their feelings, both positive and negative. The illustrations feature clean white space and simple lines and capture each child's emotion perfectly. With his argyle vest and cowlick, Theo is a charmer. This picture book could be used as a springboard for a discussion of emotions in general.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"Both the text and the bright, expressive illustrations focus squarely on Theo and his friends, with a developmentally appropriate, low priority on the baby. . . Cocca-Leffler once again demonstrates her understanding of small children and the complexities of their emotions." Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2013

"Cocca-Leffler's friendly mixed-media illustrations telegraph each child's emotions clearly, and her story underscores the idea that good and bad moods aren't mutually exclusive." Publishers Weekly, June 21, 2013

". . .the situations his classmates describe are all easily relatable for preschoolers, and the bold, playful illustrations make the moods recognizable and the characters distinct." ForeWord Reviews, Fall 2013

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By Justjill on January 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My 4 year old daughter just happened to pick this book off the shelf of our local library and I'm so glad she did! She has a 1 year old sibling. This book does something that all the other "new sibling/big sister" books don't. It talks about the RANGE of feelings that a child might feel in reaction to having a new sibling (e.g., she can be jealous and happy). My daughter likes the book. She already knew how to put words to feelings but I feel like this book is helping her understand that you can have conflicting feelings which I'm convinced she has about her new sister.
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If you have a child who will become an older brother or sister , this story may help with the transition of having a new sibling in the house.

The author relates all kinds of feelings a child could experience when a new sibling arrives. She displays the emotions by using Theo's friends in the story. The culmination is Theo's own expression of his emotions which are multiple but eventually show his joy as he meets and accepts his new baby sister.

A parent who is proactive with the preparation for a new sibling will of course make the acceptance of a new brother or sister a successful family experience. Maryann's book may be a resource that assists you with this preparation for the older child.

*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*
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