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Author: Susanna Leonard Hill

Illustrator: Nicole Rutten

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Publisher: Eerdmand's Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Rose is waiting anxiously for her new baby brother or sister to arrive. She hopes its a girl ... until she realizes they might be too much alike. Then she hoped it was a boy, because a boy would be different from her. Then she decided she didn't want to be a big sister. When her brother arrived, she was nervous. Would she be a good bis sister? Would he like her? When her mother let Rose hold the baby, she had all the answers she needed. This is a story to help kids understand the emotions of being a big brother or sister.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a lovely story. It is a cuddle-on-your-lap kind of read. Rose's feelings are universal and the story will work well with big-brothers-to-be and big-sisters-to-be alike. I like how the author weaves in information about what a baby "does," and how the parents explain that Rose was the same way. The illustrations are lovely and complement the story well.

Pros: Colorful illustrations and lots of questions fill this story about a little mouse who is about to become a big sister.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy, especially if you are expecting (or know someone who is) a second child. This is a wonderful story to share with a young child and it will help them understand their feelings and get excited, too.


Educational Themes: In the story, Rose's questions are answered when she holds her new baby brother, but there are ample opportunities to use the question for your own discussions. Pull out some pictures and share some of the things that you loved about this child when he/she was a baby.

Notes: The Reading Tub reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2010

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