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Baby Can
     

Baby Can

by Eve Bunting, Maxie Chambliss (Illustrator)
 

When Brendan's new baby brother, James, starts getting all the attention, Brendan wants to make sure the family hasn't forgotten him. Brendan's mom and dad and grandma are amazed at what Baby James can do. He can smile. He can roll himself over. He can even burp! But Brendan can do these things, too. Eve Bunting's gentle story of sibling rivalry features endearing

Overview

When Brendan's new baby brother, James, starts getting all the attention, Brendan wants to make sure the family hasn't forgotten him. Brendan's mom and dad and grandma are amazed at what Baby James can do. He can smile. He can roll himself over. He can even burp! But Brendan can do these things, too. Eve Bunting's gentle story of sibling rivalry features endearing illustrations by Maxie Chambliss.

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School Library Journal

PreS - As the family exclaims over each of Baby James's advancements-from smiling to rolling over, burping, sitting, and crawling-big brother Brendan declares his own ability to accomplish the same feats, and everyone supports him wholeheartedly. This pattern is altered when the tot starts to walk. As he wobbles around the room, family members call, "Come to me, Baby James. Come to me!" As James falls into Brendan's arms, Mom smiles and says, "He knows how much you love him." This is an upbeat book full of sunny good cheer. The focus is on one aspect of sibling relations, the need for equal attention, and while the author is effective in addressing this issue, her insistence on remaining positive makes the story lackluster. The approach is simplistic and bland. The absence of tension is mirrored in the bright, cheerful drawings. Clearly outlined watercolor illustrations delineate ordinary indoor scenes where the characters coexist in a thoroughly supportive environment. This one's easy to forget.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI

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Kirkus Reviews
A young boy engages in innocent competition with his baby brother, with rewarding results. Brendan's family is enthralled with his baby brother James's accomplishments-so Brendan naturally gets into the act. When his Mom calls attention to Baby James's smile, Brendan calls attention to himself by proving he, too, can smile. When Dad praises Baby James for being smart enough to roll over, Brendan has to show that he can roll over and over and over. When Baby James's first burp wins Grandma's praise, Brendan produces his own big burp. By the time Baby James takes his first tottering steps, it is Brendan who alerts everyone and discovers he doesn't need to compete to get the best possible attention. Chambliss's charming watercolors showcase Baby James's development and Brendan's normal sibling rivalry with gentle humor and affection. Perfect for big brothers and sisters who might be a tad worried that the new baby will outshine them. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590783221
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Eve Bunting is the author of the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. Her titles for Boyds Mills Press include My Special Day at Third Street School, My Backpack, I Don't Want to Go to Camp, and My Red Balloon. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Maxie Chambliss is the illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including Hobbledy-Clop by Pat Brisson. She is an avid sailor and races weekends in Boston Harbor. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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