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There's Going to Be a Baby Hardcover – September 14, 2010

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PreS-Gr 2–A wonderful collaboration by the renowned husband-and-wife team. As the winter snows arrive, a mother tells her young son that a new baby is on the way. “‘When is the baby going to come?' he asks. His mom answers ‘The baby will arrive when it's ready, in the fall, when the leaves are turning brown and falling.'” The remaining panels portray the conversations they have over the next several months as they anticipate the birth. The boy's emotions run from some initial anxiety (“‘It will make a mess everywhere'”) to realizing that he will perhaps have a new playmate to wondering if a new baby is really necessary. The illustrations alternate between mother-and-son talks at the park, the bank, the zoo, etc., with the youngster's fanciful imaginings of the baby at work and play. The artwork, done in ink with digital colorization, is classic Oxenbury and has a slightly retro feel in layout and palette. It is both sweet and comical at the same time. Overall, this lovely, oversize volume belongs in every new-baby collection.Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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*Starred Review* Burningham and Oxenbury (did you know they’re married?) are two of the finest picture-book writers around, so it’s no surprise this collaboration delights on many levels. They take on a well-trod topic, the new sibling, but their spin is purely their own. It begins with these simple words set alone on a buff-colored page: “There’s going to be a baby.” The facing page shows a young mother leaning against her young son’s bed, while he looks at her with curiosity. Painted in pure, saturated colors that fill the pages, this simple scene leads to more interchanges between mom and son, through the snow, at a restaurant, in a flower-filled garden. The questions are often simple: When is the baby going to come? What will we call the baby? But the mostly matter-of-fact answers lead to wild flights of fancy for the boy. He doesn’t want a messy baby painting pictures. The next two-page spread (like all the imaginary scenes, in blocks on a dot-matrix background) will make readers laugh at the baby’s wild spin at painting. Throughout, this is a mother-and-son-only family (though Grandfather shows up to take the boy to the hospital to see the newborn), and despite the range of today’s families, children may have questions about Dad’s whereabouts. Yet this is a gorgeous book, full of warmth, spirit, and imagination. Soon-to-be siblings will understand the boy’s musings and feel comforted as he shapes his fantasies into the reality to come. Preschool. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763649074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763649074
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although I enjoyed parts, I thought the story was a bit too negative. This is my fourth child and I understand that a big sibling may have negative feelings about a new baby but I just thought this book had a little too much of it. It was the line where the big brother says, "Then the baby might get eaten by a tiger." that made me decide that this book was not for us. It does have beautiful pictures though.
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That's an actual line from this book, along with "Mrs. Anderson's baby threw up all over their new carpet". While it's title is a sweet sentiment and it's beautifully illustrated, this might be the worst "big sibling" book on the market. We don't recommend it unless you want to practice your creativity by changing the words to kind ideas about having a younger sibling.
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We actually bought this on accident. We had 2 books up and I added the wrong one to the cart.

Anyway, I didn't like the book at all. Here is why:
*No father figure in the book. This may be OK for some people.
*At one point, the little boy in the book even asked his mom: "Why do we have to have a baby, can't it just go away?", and the mom doesn't talk to him about the joys it will bring to the family, or that a baby is a good thing.
*All it is is the boy whining and upset that he doesn't want a sibling. I expected at the end that it was this joyous event that the baby came and the little boy was happy. They don't even say if the baby was a boy or girl.

This is a book about a self-absorbed child wondering what the coming baby will be when it grows up, and whining about the baby. It doesn't teach or explain anything.
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Very charming book, with delightfully art deco artwork. A little bit awkward to read in the modern era when the gender of the baby is known so early, but I just read "the baby" as "your sister" when I read it to my son, and skip over the parts where we wonder if it's going to be a boy or a girl.
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Really cute book! Bought it for my 2 year old son once we found out we were expecting our 2nd and we have continued to read it once his baby brother arrived. This is one of my toddlers favorites. He loves this illustrations!
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This book showed up on a lot of book lists for soon-to-be big siblings. No. The focus of the book is imagining what job the baby will one day have. There isn't much about the boy's feelings except for a few negative thoughts ("Do we really need a baby?" and "Maybe a tiger will eat it,") but they are not the focus of the book either. In fact, the mother has no response to either one, so they just seem like random sentences that didn't belong in the book. My 2YO didn't like this book because she likes to look at pictures of families taking care of a baby - these pictures were of a baby dressed in uniforms for different professions and cooking, painting, counting money, etc. She was also confused about how each 2 page spread of the baby doing a job was followed by the pregnant mother and son imagining another job. She kept asking, "Where's the baby?" because she didn't get that the pictures were just the boy's imagination. The worst part was the ending. While the words finally became positive ("We're going to love the baby,") the final picture showed the boy and Grandad walking toward the hospital door with presents, and that was it. My daughter was left with her mouth hanging open, and again asking,"Where's the baby?" This book is just not about having a new baby. It would be more useful if you're talking about different professions.
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By shellio on February 24, 2015
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I was given this book as a gift, our cover is different but the pictures and story are the same. As other reviewers have said, the book is so negative! There is definitely something to be said for validating and soothing a child's fears about a new sibling, but this book doesn't do that. In my opinion, all it does is plant negative thoughts about the baby and what to expect in the child's mind. When we read this book to my son, we did not read most of the words as they are. Instead, we would read it like "Maybe you and the baby can be doctors! Here is the baby taking care of his teddy bear." etc. Also, there is no father in the book. I have no problem with single mothers but it wasn't clear to me whether that was intentional. This book does nothing to prepare a child for having a new baby in the home or being a big sibling. This book gets two stars instead of one because the illustrations are nice and we were able to adapt. My son still pulls it off the shelf once in a while. I also liked seeing mom's belly grow through the seasons, especially since our second baby was born in the fall just like in the book. We really preferred "My New Baby" by Rachel Fuller and also "The New Baby" by Mercer Mayer.
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What a precious story. If your family is preparing to introduce a new baby into your lives, I believe the context of this book will be a great way to open up a discussion about the new baby.

In the story you will 'hear" the brother's comments about what he thinks about as the day draws closer and closer to his new sibling arriving. You will see how the big brother's imagination takes off in many directions as he and his mom have discussions. He shows his curiosity.

The author's sensitivity to the issue of a new sibling is evident as you proceed through the story. I love the last page in this book. As the older brother and grandpa are visiting the baby in the hospital , they have a discussion. The little boy says: we're going to love the baby, aren't we?

*I received this for review - all opinions are my own*
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