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There's Going to Be a Baby Hardcover – September 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763649074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763649074
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 10 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–A wonderful collaboration by the renowned husband-and-wife team. As the winter snows arrive, a mother tells her young son that a new baby is on the way. “‘When is the baby going to come?' he asks. His mom answers ‘The baby will arrive when it's ready, in the fall, when the leaves are turning brown and falling.'” The remaining panels portray the conversations they have over the next several months as they anticipate the birth. The boy's emotions run from some initial anxiety (“‘It will make a mess everywhere'”) to realizing that he will perhaps have a new playmate to wondering if a new baby is really necessary. The illustrations alternate between mother-and-son talks at the park, the bank, the zoo, etc., with the youngster's fanciful imaginings of the baby at work and play. The artwork, done in ink with digital colorization, is classic Oxenbury and has a slightly retro feel in layout and palette. It is both sweet and comical at the same time. Overall, this lovely, oversize volume belongs in every new-baby collection.Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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*Starred Review* Burningham and Oxenbury (did you know they’re married?) are two of the finest picture-book writers around, so it’s no surprise this collaboration delights on many levels. They take on a well-trod topic, the new sibling, but their spin is purely their own. It begins with these simple words set alone on a buff-colored page: “There’s going to be a baby.” The facing page shows a young mother leaning against her young son’s bed, while he looks at her with curiosity. Painted in pure, saturated colors that fill the pages, this simple scene leads to more interchanges between mom and son, through the snow, at a restaurant, in a flower-filled garden. The questions are often simple: When is the baby going to come? What will we call the baby? But the mostly matter-of-fact answers lead to wild flights of fancy for the boy. He doesn’t want a messy baby painting pictures. The next two-page spread (like all the imaginary scenes, in blocks on a dot-matrix background) will make readers laugh at the baby’s wild spin at painting. Throughout, this is a mother-and-son-only family (though Grandfather shows up to take the boy to the hospital to see the newborn), and despite the range of today’s families, children may have questions about Dad’s whereabouts. Yet this is a gorgeous book, full of warmth, spirit, and imagination. Soon-to-be siblings will understand the boy’s musings and feel comforted as he shapes his fantasies into the reality to come. Preschool. --Ilene Cooper

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A gentle introduction to becoming a big brother!
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Gorgeous artwork with sweet and humourous moments depicted.
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It was not what I had hoped and was of limited appeal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ABC's Mom on August 23, 2013
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Although I enjoyed parts, I thought the story was a bit too negative. This is my fourth child and I understand that a big sibling may have negative feelings about a new baby but I just thought this book had a little too much of it. It was the line where the big brother says, "Then the baby might get eaten by a tiger." that made me decide that this book was not for us. It does have beautiful pictures though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on December 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A mother tells her son that they are going to have a baby. As they travel across town, they dream about the types of things the baby will do. Will the baby be a chef, a gardener or a sailor? Or even possibly a doctor? The little boy dreams of the day when the baby will come, only to go to the hospital with his granddad when the baby arrives. This is a terrific picture book for children ages 3-6 who are waiting to have a baby.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristan on September 6, 2013
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That's an actual line from this book, along with "Mrs. Anderson's baby threw up all over their new carpet". While it's title is a sweet sentiment and it's beautifully illustrated, this might be the worst "big sibling" book on the market. We don't recommend it unless you want to practice your creativity by changing the words to kind ideas about having a younger sibling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan on September 9, 2013
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We actually bought this on accident. We had 2 books up and I added the wrong one to the cart.

Anyway, I didn't like the book at all. Here is why:
*No father figure in the book. This may be OK for some people.
*At one point, the little boy in the book even asked his mom: "Why do we have to have a baby, can't it just go away?", and the mom doesn't talk to him about the joys it will bring to the family, or that a baby is a good thing.
*All it is is the boy whining and upset that he doesn't want a sibling. I expected at the end that it was this joyous event that the baby came and the little boy was happy. They don't even say if the baby was a boy or girl.

This is a book about a self-absorbed child wondering what the coming baby will be when it grows up, and whining about the baby. It doesn't teach or explain anything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie X. Dileonardo on November 11, 2013
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This book showed up on a lot of book lists for soon-to-be big siblings. No. The focus of the book is imagining what job the baby will one day have. There isn't much about the boy's feelings except for a few negative thoughts ("Do we really need a baby?" and "Maybe a tiger will eat it,") but they are not the focus of the book either. In fact, the mother has no response to either one, so they just seem like random sentences that didn't belong in the book. My 2YO didn't like this book because she likes to look at pictures of families taking care of a baby - these pictures were of a baby dressed in uniforms for different professions and cooking, painting, counting money, etc. She was also confused about how each 2 page spread of the baby doing a job was followed by the pregnant mother and son imagining another job. She kept asking, "Where's the baby?" because she didn't get that the pictures were just the boy's imagination. The worst part was the ending. While the words finally became positive ("We're going to love the baby,") the final picture showed the boy and Grandad walking toward the hospital door with presents, and that was it. My daughter was left with her mouth hanging open, and again asking,"Where's the baby?" This book is just not about having a new baby. It would be more useful if you're talking about different professions.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on November 22, 2010
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This book is so lovely. In addition to having a vintage feel (the illustrations, matte paper), the story itself is so touching. It's reassuring yet clear enough for a little one (maybe 2+?) to understand and ends with an uplifting, excited note. Highly recommend for anyone looking to introduce the concept of a new addition to your household.
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By J .J. A. Buda CMT on January 1, 2014
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This book spans across all seasons during mommy's pregnancy. It also depicts questions from the young older brother. The story is sweet and nicely done.
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By Storywraps on July 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It shows sensitivity, wit, humour and the illustrations are magnificent. This is the first ever collaboration between two greats from the world of children's literature. The text by John Burningham walks us through six months or so of a loving mother telling her son that a new sibling is on the way. During this gestation period they talk of when the baby will arrive, what the baby might be when he/she grows up and these discussions strengthen the already existing bond between them. The mother's words are captured in pale blue while the little boy's words are in dark blue. The mother's ideas prompt her little boy to imagine what the future might be like. Their ponderings are captured by comical comic-book-like illustrations. Many precious discussions occur between the two, and when the baby finally does arrive the little boy boards a bus with his grandfather to go to the hospital to meet his new sibling. His final words to his Grandpa as he is walking towards his mother's hospital room are, "Grandad, the baby will be our baby." "We're going to love the baby, aren't we?" This book is highly recommended and represents children's literature at its best.
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