Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Book Review - There's Going to Be a Baby
About the Book
In a first-time creative pairing, two of the world’s most treasured picture book creators offer a truly delightful book for new-siblings-to-be.
When is the new baby coming? What will we call it? What will he do? We don’t really need a baby, do we? With sensitivity and wit, John Burningham follows the swirl of questions in the mind of a young child anticipating a baby sibling with excitement, curiosity, and just a bit of trepidation. In perfect tandem, Helen Oxenbury captures the child’s loving interactions with his mother — along with the fanciful future scenarios he imagines for the new family member he has yet to meet. Combining a warm, timeless story with illustrations both freshly enchanting and wonderfully nostalgic, this gorgeous book has all the hallmarks of a classic.
My Take on the Book
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?
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