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Samuel's Baby Hardcover – July 27, 2010
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PreSchool-Grade 2 A standout original title among new-baby picture books. During show-and-tell in kindergarten class, soon-to-be big brother Samuel blurts out, I'm having a baby! Samuel's friend Marcel says he's having a baby, too. Soon, Carolee and Sophie are having twins and triplets. By the end of the week, all of the students' shirts are bulging with dolls, puppies, dinosaurs, and even a truck. Samuel is a little worried about stinky diapers and broken toys, but demonstrating the proper diapering and cradling techniques to his classmates helps calm his nerves. Following a week of spring break, Samuel brings his new sister to class, rocking her to sleep as the other kids follow suit with their own bundles of joy. Elkin makes great use of humor and dialogue in the classroom. 'I'm not having a baby,' said Terri....'I'm having a puppy.' Wummer's pencil and watercolor illustrations effectively utilize facial expressions to communicate voice and personality. A multiethnic group of children and an African-American teacher make this title perfect for today's diverse classrooms. By briefly mentioning common sibling worries and complaints within the narrative, Elkin opens the door to discussing these topics without losing the humorous atmosphere. Soon-to-be older siblings will giggle at baby dump trucks, but will also find comfort in Samuel's eventual conclusion that his baby is perfect. Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY
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Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2010:
"A just-right mix of sweetness and humor that is sure to strike a chord with young children expecting a baby of their own."
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