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Ready, Set . . . Baby! Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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PreS-K—Anna and Oliver take readers on a whirlwind tour of life with a brand-new baby in the house. With a conversational style, the siblings address readers directly, offering information and advice based on their own experiences: "Lots of people are probably telling you what to expect, but kids in the know can give you the real deal." Anna, the older of the pair, imparts simple facts such as, "Moms have a special compartment inside for growing babies." Oliver, the younger sibling, expresses common emotions including wonder and boredom. While waiting for the baby to arrive, he thinks, "This is worse than waiting for pizza to be delivered." The big brother and sister present useful guidance on everything from how to hold a newborn (sit down, cradle its head, speak softly) to diaper changes (it's not that bad) to accepting that infants are not yet equipped to play ("playing with a new baby is like playing with a loaf of bread."). The content centers on what happens after the baby comes home; the author doesn't discuss how the baby gets into Mom's "special compartment." Leng's vignette-style cartoons add humor and capture the family's wide range of facial expressions, body language, and feelings—from anxious anticipation to quiet surprise. Speech bubbles break up the text and highlight some of the siblings' more personal reactions ("WHAT IS THAT?" Oliver asks while pointing to the baby's "little black stump" of an umbilical cord). Back matter steers interested children and caregivers to additional material, including websites and books such as Robie H. Harris's What's in There: All About Before You Were Born. There are even tips for parents on how to help a child adjust to a new sibling. VERDICT Lighthearted and funny, this is an ideal book to share with soon-to-be big brothers and sisters.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal
"Softly colored, jaunty cartoon drawings with dialogue bubbles match the cheery tone of the text. A baby with older siblings as enlightened as Anna and Oliver is one lucky baby."
"Lighthearted and funny, this is an ideal book to share with soon-to-be big brothers and sisters."
–School Library Journal
"In keeping with the book's humor and general good cheer, Leng's spirited watercolors bring both the chaos and the charm of babies to vibrant life... Expect older kids to go gaga over this informative little guide."
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When the children learn their mom is having a baby, they are ecstatic, but soon realize a long wait is in store. Ready, Set ... Baby! takes children on a journey from pregnancy to after the arrival of baby. Older siblings get a glimpse of what life with the new baby will be like and learn how they can help out.
From poppy diapers and funny baby sounds to how family members will react, this book is an essential edition to any family that discovers they are expecting. In edition to the charming story the book also contains helpful resources for parents.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Ready, Set ... Baby! It would also make a great gift!
The author should have chosen another human, not a dog, as the alternative wrestle-buddy. Some dogs will tolerate this sort of activity just fine, but many would not. When a little kid roughhouses with a dog, the dog may lose patience and the kid fail to recognize the dog's body language is saying "back off." The dog's final warning, a nip or bite, will create a very unhappy situation for the family.
Little kids have to be taught to be gentle and stay out of a dog's face. Parents - and kids' books - need to teach children to respect their pets' "personal space".
I highly recommend this short story to parents that are expecting their second, third, etc. child. It is very explanatory in the process that is going to take place, and everything that will come after.