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Mama's Belly Hardcover – April 17, 2018
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There’s nothing like the bond between siblings. The main character of this tale was counting down the days until her little sister was born and they could begin playing together. She obviously loved her little sister quite a bit. Nearly everything she imagined about having a sibling was focused on the positive ways it would impact her life. It was so sweet to see all of the things she planned to do once the baby was old enough to run around and explore the world.
I wasn’t a huge fan of how this story ended. There was some foreshadowing earlier on in the plot that was never resolved. The ending would have fit in well with the tone of the earlier scenes if these hints had never been dropped. Since they were shared with the audience, I felt a little disappointed that I never got to see the things that I thought were going to happen by the final scene.
As exciting as it is to get a new sibling, kids can feel some jealously about this process as well. One of my favorite parts of this story was how well it handled the topic of an older sibling worrying that her needs wouldn’t be met once the baby arrived. The main character’s parents handled her worries perfectly. They explained why some parts of her life would be a little different while also reassuring her that she’d always be special to them. It was the perfect response to a common fear for young children in this situation.
Mama’s Belly was a reassuring reminder of how families change for the better when they have a baby. I’d recommend it to anyone who is expecting a new addition soon.
originally posted at long and short ya reviews
I love that Mama's Belly addresses both the joy and the anxiety of becoming a big brother or sister, and does it in such a sweet and heartfelt way. I especially liked that not only did the story describe the excitement the family feels as they approach the big day, but it also describes the realistic side of a pregnancy. It tells us that sometimes Mama is too tired to play, sometimes she is grumpy and sometimes she no longer has a lap for little sister to crawl into. It also shares some of little sister's concerns when she wonders if she will need to share her favorite blanket with her sister and when she asks her mama, "when my sister comes, will you have enough love for both of us?" However, the majority of the story shows the joy that the little girls feels as she anticipates becoming a big sister and sharing the world with her.
Kate Hosford's story is even more poignant due to the warm and colorful illustrations by Abigail Halpin. Her pictures bring little sister's expressions alive for us. I loved her eyes on every single page. She expresses so much emotion just by the tilt of her head or the slant of an eye. I would definitely like to have one of Halpin's paintings hanging in my home! Be sure to peak beneath the cover of Mama's Belly and you'll find this hidden gem!
Author Kate Hosford along with illustrator Abigail Halpin have created a story that expresses curiosity, family unity and sibling love. Young readers will be enlightened and relate to the character especially if they are getting ready to welcome a new addition to the family. Vibrant illustrations and easy to read sentences make this a great first read for any beginner. Parents will love this guide to help introduce siblings and help encourage a warm and loving environment for all. Teachers can use this as a tool to open up discussions regarding family.