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Baby, Come Out! Hardcover – December 1, 2001

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Love and kisses conquer all in this quirky, wise, and utterly original tale. The precocious heroine, a baby who is reluctant to be born, needs plenty of coaxing in order to leave the comfortable womb, but she eventually finds family life to be an even cozier delight. This hilarious inside-the-womb view of childbirth is a timeless reminder that newborn babies need [the love of their family] more than ... anything else! --Parenting Magazine

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A great story for families who are expecting!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887734716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887734714
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This tiny, gentle book, featuring exquisite pen-and-ink drawings, tells the story of Mrs. Tracy who is expecting "Baby." (The reader is treated to a view of baby in-utero; but relax..."Baby" is drawn whimsically as a mobile infant, without graphic detail or visible sexual organs.) "Baby" and the members of her family are able to speak to and hear each other. One day Mrs. Tracy tells Baby that the world is lovely and how much Baby will enjoy it, once born. Astonished at the idea, Baby announces that she will certainly NOT be coming out. Panic ensues in the tracy household. Each of the family members comes to speak to Baby and offer her a reward for deciding to be born; a ride in the car, a shiny nickel, a bananna cake. But to no avail. Finally, Mr. Tracy arrives home from work and gives everyone kisses. When Baby asks what's going on, Mr. Tracy gives Baby a "kiss" on Mrs. Tracy's belly. When Baby complains that she can't feel anything, Mr. tracy explains that she cannot really be kissed until she's ready to come out. Baby promptly decides that it's her turn for kisses, too, and excitedly is born into the world and into the love of her family. Despite the fact that this book it out of print, I have to HIGHLY recommend it to anyone trying to make an older child's transition into "siblinghood" one of gentle progress, rather than sarcasm and jealousy. It requires no anger or pleading on the part of Mr. and Mrs. Tracy to encourage the older children in their family to help the new baby feel welcome and secure. The illustrations are EXQUISITE, and the writer's use of language soothing and accessable for children of all ages.
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It is a crime that Baby Come Out has been allowed to go out of print. This delightful book tells the story of the baby who has decided not to come out, not to be born.....just stay where she is(many of my pregnant friends tell me they suspect their babies are planning the same thing). When baby declares she is not coming out, the entire family pitches in to try to entice the baby to come out, to no avail. The illustrations are the heart of this book, the baby in her mother's tummy... trying to express herself. This is a wonderful book to read to the brother or sister to be, an engaging children's book with heart and a sense of humor. The story is involving and sweet and has a delightful resolution. This book is a must give to any pregnant friends nearing their due date. This is a gem of a book and should be reissued.
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I am so thrilled to see that this fantastic book is back in print. It is the ideal book to read to a child when a little sibling is on the way. Not only is the book delightful, charming, and sweet, but it perfectly captures the essence of family love, and delves beautifully into the psyche of the pregnant woman. It is a favorite among children in my son's day care center, and as a child deveopment expert myself, I strongly recommend it.
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This is a sweet book but not quite what I was expecting. The basic premise is that a woman (Ms. Tracy) is pregnant and tell the baby it will see some flowers when it is born. It replies it doesn't want to be born, and then various family members try to convince the baby to be born without success, it keeps saying it will stay in. Finally the Dad comes home, kisses all the family members and Ms. Tracy's belly, but baby cant feel it so decides to be born after all. Followed by lots of kissing from family. It is an adorable story and I am happy with my purchase but I was looking for more of a "what is going on in there" type of book for my 2 year old daughter to read during my pregnancy.
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this book was gifted to me by a friend when i was expecting and we loved it.
It is positive and funny and the pictures are perfect.When my niece was expecting i went looking for it and found it to be out of print.I wrote the authour Fran Manushkin aksign if it would be reprinted and she replied to me!I am hoping it will be reprinted ..in the meantime i found it second hand.It is the best book ever.
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Format: Hardcover
About Time! About time that they reissue this sweet and touching book. About time for this baby to be born.
I purchased this book in 1988. I found the illustrations and story to be charming even at the age of 18 and many years before even thinking of having a child. Then, when I was pregnant years later, I pulled out the already ragged book and cried over the anticipation to hug and kiss my own baby --- something that the baby in this book finds to be most rewarding --- once she decides to Come Out! I have read this funny story to 3 year olds expecting a baby brother/sister of their own. I have loaned this book out to all that I love who find themselves expecting. Everyone finds both tears and a smile (even a giggle)here. I'm going to stock up for baby showers!
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I love this book! It has long been one of my favorites - the way the preborn baby is caricatured is just hilarious, especially for us moms who had a kid or two just like her. This author is obviously writing imaginatively from experience.
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I cannot overstate how much my four-year-old loves pregnancy. Even though she's an only child, she is positively obsessed with seeing pregnant moms. I think it's partly because she wants a sibling, but it's not just that. She loves everything about pregnancy, even in animals. "Pregnancy is my hobby," she tells people. I know, I know. It's weird. Maybe she'll be an obstetrician when she grows up, or a midwife. In the meantime, some of her favourite books are ones that showcase expectant families. So Baby, Come Out! was positively made for her!

Originally published in 1972, this book has been reprinted by Star Bright Books and would make a lovely gift for anyone convinced that their baby is just never going to come out (I can relate to that fear).

My favourite part:
I really liked the pictures of the baby inside the mom's belly. They reminded me of Maurice Sendak's characters: simple, charming and full of lots of opinions. You can tell the baby is full of personality, even in the simple drawings. I also really like the old-fashioned clothing of all the other characters, like the book was originally published in the 1870's instead of the 1970's.

Magda's Take:
I really like Baby Come Out. I especially like when the baby says, "Okay here I come!" after the father kisses Mrs. Tracey on the stomach. I also liked when the big sister said, "We know how to get the baby to come out" and then she yelled at the baby to come out. That was the funny part because the baby said, "You yelled at me so I'm not coming out." That was so funny.

This review originally appeared on my blog, Cozy Little Book Journal, and was based on a digital review copy received from NetGalley.
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