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Children's LiteratureAlmost all "big" brothers and sisters can relate to feeling displaced by a new baby in the house, especially if they hoped for one gender and got the other! This lovable story about the impact the birth of a new baby can have on the older siblings is very tender and sensitive. Hoping for a baby sister she has already decided should be named Babka (a sweet chocolate coffee cake), Beryl is distraught when her much anticipated baby sister turns out to be a baby boy named Zachary. After spending some quality time with clever and intuitive Uncle Morty, Beryl and her younger brother Sam comes to realize that they really do have feelings for this new addition to the family. The story is written in simple language and broken into five short chapters making it a great choice for a budding reader. The soft colors of the illustrations add to the warmth this book creates. A recipe for Mama's award-wining cake, chocolate babka, is included at the end. 2004, Clarion Books, Ages 5 to 8.
—Nancy T. Braverman