Babies Can't Eat Kimchee!
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Babies Can't Eat Kimchee!

by Nancy Patz, Susan L. Roth
     
 

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When a baby sister comes along, it seems she is just too little for anything! Will she ever be big enough to play? To whisper secrets? To eat kimchee? Will she always lie there? Scream for no reason? Be so helpless and little? When a baby sister is just TOO LITTLE to do anything, what's her big sister to do but wait and wait and WAIT . . . and dream about what's to

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When a baby sister comes along, it seems she is just too little for anything! Will she ever be big enough to play? To whisper secrets? To eat kimchee? Will she always lie there? Scream for no reason? Be so helpless and little? When a baby sister is just TOO LITTLE to do anything, what's her big sister to do but wait and wait and WAIT . . . and dream about what's to come.

Susan Roth and Nancy Patz have collaborated on a stunning and heartwarming story of two Korean sisters, celebrating in glorious color a universal bond between a tiny baby sister and her loving big sister.

Editorial Reviews

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"Bold and brilliant collage, ink and pastel illustrations expressively capture the big sister's emerging attachment for her little sister. Perfect for families introducing new babies to older siblings." —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Our narrator, now an older sibling, is grappling with her emotions about the new baby in the family. "Babies can't eat kimchee!" she grumpily notes, and they cannot do many other good things. She continues to recall the many other activities babies cannot do but she can, as well as all the things babies do not know that she does. And they do make "a big fuss." Then she looks ahead to all the things she can teach the baby; all the fun they may have together. But all these cheerful thoughts for the future will have to wait for "someday�"; right now, baby's response is a loud "WAAH! WAAH!" across the pages. The collaboration of the authors has created a visual narrative that is loaded with emotions shown in mixed media, including ink drawings, oil pastels, and aggressive use of collage. Big sister and baby act out future behaviors in boldly brushed black outlines, intense scumbled colors, and impressionistic backgrounds. Kimchee is explained in a note and a Korean costume for a first birthday is depicted, but otherwise this is a family anyone can identify with.
Kirkus Reviews
An excited Korean-American girl seems a bit disenchanted with her new baby sister until she imagines the fun she's going to have as a big sister. Right now, the baby may be very good at making a lot of noise, but she's not much of a playmate. She's just too little to eat things like spicy Korean kimchee or spaghetti or popcorn. She can't ballet dance, or play dress-up or paint with colors. What good is she? But when the baby gets bigger, the possibilities are endless. The big sister visualizes how someday she'll be able to teach her little sister to dance and sing and lick an ice cream cone. She fantasizes swinging with her little sister, reading funny stories with her and even eating kimchee together. Now all the big sister has to do is to wait. Bold and brilliant collage, ink and pastel illustrations expressively capture the big sister's emerging attachment for her little sister. Perfect for families introducing new babies to older siblings. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599900179
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/26/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

This is the first collaboration between Susan L. Roth and Nancy Patz.

Susan has written and illustrated several books for children, including Hard Hat Area, Great Big Guinea Pigs, and My Love for You. She lives in New York City.

Nancy has also written and illustrated many books for children, including Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat? and Moses Supposes His Toeses are Roses. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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