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Ellen and Penguin and the New Baby Hardcover – April 6, 1996

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K?Ellen is not sure she likes her new baby brother. As in Ellen and Penguin (Candlewick, 1993) she attributes her own feelings to her stuffed toy, allowing her to work through her jealousy more easily. Vulliamy does a good job of letting pictures tell the story. When Ellen can't sleep, for example, she walks Penguin around, patting his back. The illustration shows her mother walking and patting the baby at the same time, clearly implying that Ellen wishes her mother were holding her instead. After baby's presence ruins their fun on several occasions, Mom asks Ellen to try and cheer him up. When she uses Penguin to entertain him, he laughs and Ellen and Penguin finally agree "...that new baby brothers weren't so bad after all." Appealing watercolors help enliven the simple story. As the little girl's face shows anger or delight, Penguin's expressions also change subtly to match hers. The depictions of Ellen and her mother are less successful, as they have nearly identical faces and expressions. In one scene they look more like sisters than parent and child. Though not as engaging as Martin Waddell's When the Teddy Bears Came (Candlewick, 1995) or Jane Cutler's Darcy and Gran Don't Like Babies (Scholastic, 1993), this is a warm and pleasant picture book on a popular topic.?Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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Ages 3^-5. Ellen and her stuffed animal friend, Penguin, are ambivalent about her new baby brother, who gets a lot of Mommy's attention as well as Ellen's old mobile with the woolly lambs. One day, though, the baby starts to cry, and Mommy asks Ellen to cheer him up. When Ellen and Penguin discover that they can make the baby laugh, they decide that he isn't too bad after all. It's an old story and maybe a bit more optimistic than realistic, but Vulliamy's charming watercolor illustrations give this picture book fresh appeal, particularly for children familiar with Ellen and Penguin (1993). Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (April 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564026973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564026972
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,013,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had originally first seen this book at our local library. It's my sister's name and she loves penguins, AND was pregnant with her first child at the time. Growing up, she couldn't find many things with her name on it, so I had to check this book out and look it up to see if I could order it for her to give her and new baby as a present! Took A LOT of searching, as this book seems to be out of print. Found it here and ordered it at a decent price, and it was in very good shape! I was thrilled and my sister LOVED it!! Was a great present for her and her daughter to share, and I thank you! Very cute book!
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Format: Paperback
My wife and I, and our daughter Rose, who is trying to cope with her baby sister Yael, all three of us love this book.
The illustrations are enchanting, and the story is just perfect.
Please please please come back into print.
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Format: Library Binding
I bought this book for a friend of mine when she was expecting her second child. Her daughter is 2 and 1/2 (same age as my own daughter). Her daughter loved it so much she had it read to her every night before bed. I went back and bought one for our daughter who also loves the story. It is a very simple to understand story about a toddler girl who is not too sure about her new baby brother.
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