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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763661244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763661243
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Cousins's (Maisy Goes to School) childlike gouache figures and hand-lettered text set against bold fields of color give this oversized book a decidedly cheerful look. Za-Za, a young zebra, candidly narrates the story: "My mom is going to have a baby. She has a big fat tummy. There's not much room for a hug." A familiar scenario unfolds after Mom brings the newborn home from the hospital. Visitors arrive to coo at the baby, and Mom and Dad shower the interloper with attention, too. When Za-Za demands a hug "now!" Mom responds: "Why don't you hug the baby?" So the older sibling does just that-and, after spending some time playing with the little one, concludes, "He was nice. It was fun." Finally, Mom puts the baby to sleep, and Za-Za gets a hug and a story. If not the most clever or insightful book available on this well-worn subject, Cousins's simple story delivers a useful message to preschoolers in Za-Za's situation. Ages 2-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1?Cousins uses her bold cartoon artwork this time to feature an appealing zebra and her growing family. Unfortunately, the simple story reinforces too many of the stereotypes associated with new siblings and offers little comfort to youngsters confronted with a new household member. For instance, when the relatives come to visit, they completely ignore Za-Za, who is shown playing alone in the corner. Mom and Dad are both too preoccupied to deal with their daughter. In fact, when Za-Za announces, "Mom! I want my hug now!," her mother replies, "Why don't you hug the baby?" Obviously, Za-Za needs to quell her feelings of displacement, a fact her mother just does not seem to grasp. The child is finally rewarded with her parents' attention only after she hugs and plays with the baby. The message here is certainly not a reassuring one.?Lisa Marie Gangemi, Farmingdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Lucy Cousins is the creator of many wonderful picture books for children, including Yummy: My Favourite Nursery Stories and Hooray for Fish! , as well as her bestselling books about Maisy the mouse. About I'm the Best, she says, "I had the idea for this book after winning a tennis competition. I loved telling all my friends and family about it, but then I realized that I was probably showing off, like Dog!" Lucy Cousins lives in Hampshire with her partner, four children and very fluffy dog.

Customer Reviews

This is a departure from the way the book actually reads, which is about the first child's needs and wants put aside.
Ginger Kawanami
This book addresses that issue, but also gently points out that the older sibling can share time with the baby -- "helping" with its care, and playing with it.
moivelous
I just believe a better message would be sent had she shown some signs throughout the book that the parents were not so oblivious to Za-Za.
James Sadler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
My daughter was 18 months old when her baby brother was born. She loved looking at the bright illustrations and the simple text was perfect for her age. This is a realistic portrayal of family life when a new baby arrives.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beckahbrady's mom on November 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to my 22 month old daughter as a gift when her baby brother was born. It is now 9 months later, the binding is bent and we will probably have to buy a new copy soon because she reads this book EVERY day. This is the story she wants for bed every night. She knows it word for word and "reads" it to her baby brother and to mommy and daddy. I think there are two great lessons in this book: 1. that babies take alot of work and Zaza needs to be patient, and 2. Mom and dad, don't forget about Zaza now that there is a new baby. Zaza needs attention too. Taken into perspective, this is a book designed for a preschooler on a preschoolers comprehension level, not for an adult to analyze. If we take the time to analyze everything, then Little Miss Muffet is teaching our kids to be afraid of spiders, Hansel and Gretel are teaching them to break into strangers houses and worst of all, Snow White is teaching our children that step mothers are evil witches and to be very, very afraid to eat apples.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2004
Format: Board book
I am only writing a review because I was surprised by the negative reviews for a book that my children love. I did not buy this book to prepare for a new sibling -- I bought it because we like the brightly illustrated books of Lucy Cousins. Maybe if we had bought it to prepare for a new sibling I would have different feelings. However, I have to say that my daughter, age 2, pulls this book out and brings it to me to read all the time, and my son, age 4, will still come running to listen to it when he hears us reading it, even though he has heard it hundreds of times since he was a baby. It's a fun book (especially if you narrate it with a silly voice for Za-Za and include crying baby sound effects). As for the new sibling issue, a newborn baby does get a lot of attention, and the older sibling probably will have a big adjustement, just like Za-Za. Maybe some reviewers think it's negative because the story is told from Za-Za's perspective and she is feeling the loss of some of her parent's attention. But you know what -- that is what really happens in real life! Children do have to learn to share some of the attention that has previously been only on them, and Za-Za learns this and also learns to appreciate her baby brother. Is that so bad? The negative reviews haven't changed my opinion, and they sure won't change my children's. At least check it out from the library before you dismiss this book entirely.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By moivelous on August 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As always with Lucy Cousins, the illustrations are adorable. As much as we'd like it not to be so, when a new baby enters the house, it DOES get most of the attention. This book addresses that issue, but also gently points out that the older sibling can share time with the baby -- "helping" with its care, and playing with it. And it promises that when the baby does finally go to sleep, mommy or daddy will have one-on-one time with that older sibling. We love this book (we have it in Norwegian!). And even though our new "baby brother" is now heading toward two years old, big sister still loves this book. Note to adoptive parents: as you can probably tell from the cover illustration, this book depicts a very pregnant mommy zebra that goes to the hospital to have the baby, so this one isn't for you; I would recommend intead "I'm a Big Sister" or "I'm a Big Brother" by Joanna Cole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Our son was three when our daughter was born. This book really helped him to express his feelings about sharing Mommy and Daddy with the new baby.
I have given this book as a "Second Baby" gift many times. People are very familiar with Lucy Cousins' Maisy books, but they rarely have this book. You won't find it on the shelf at most bookstores, either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZaZa's mother on July 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
To add my two cents to the discussion here, it is important to allow the big brothers and sisters to express how they feel- and they feel left out when a new baby comes along!

The book is great, as it articulates for these little Za-zas their fears and allows them to prepare for the big day. Unlike other books on the topic, the older siblings are not expected to be "happy" and "good" all the time, which is much more realistic. In our family, it took Za Za a long time to get used to his little brother :)

I got it from my sister in law, and now I am buying one for a friend who is expecting.
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