Bernard Wants a Baby

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Bernard can't wait for his mother to come home from the hospital with his new baby. He had told his mother the exact kind of baby he wanted: a baby that doesn't cry or spit up. Above all, he wanted a baby brother. Waiting for his mother to bring his baby brother home seems like an eternity to Bernard. When the big day arrives, Bernard gets more than he wished for -- a lot more. Joan Elizabeth Goodman and Dominic Catalano have created the perfect book for any child whose world suddenly changes with the arrival of ...

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Overview

Bernard can't wait for his mother to come home from the hospital with his new baby. He had told his mother the exact kind of baby he wanted: a baby that doesn't cry or spit up. Above all, he wanted a baby brother. Waiting for his mother to bring his baby brother home seems like an eternity to Bernard. When the big day arrives, Bernard gets more than he wished for -- a lot more. Joan Elizabeth Goodman and Dominic Catalano have created the perfect book for any child whose world suddenly changes with the arrival of a new sibling. Like other Bernard adventures, this story features gentle humor and a warm family setting.

Joan Elizabeth Goodman, author of Bernard's Bath, Bernard's Nap, and Bernard Goes to School, has created numerous works for children and young readers, including the novels Hope's Crossing and Paradise. She lives in New York City.

Dominic Catalano is the author and illustrator of Santa and the Three Bears and Frog Went A-Courting. He also illustrated Merry Christmas, Old Armadillo, written by Larry Dane Brimner, and Sleeping Beauty, retold by Christine San José. He lives in Ohio.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The energetic elephant returns in Bernard Wants a Baby by Joan Goodman, illus. by Dominic Catalano, this time impatient for a new baby brother-but he only wants one on his terms. When Mama has triplets, Bernard must adjust: "When Sadie slept, both Max and Sue cried. Sue spit up, too. `Take her back,' said Bernard." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Bernard wants his family to get a baby. Not just any baby, but a baby that never spits up or cries and isn't a sister. His relatives tell him that all babies spit up and cry, and that sisters aren't all bad. But Bernard is convinced that his brother, Max, will be different. When his mother returns from the hospital, she brings two surprises: sisters Sadie and Sue, as well as Max. Bernard only wanted one baby, though. Before long, all of the babies are crying, spitting up, and making pee-pee and poop. This is not at all what Bernard wanted. Once his family reassures Bernard that there is always room for him, even with three babies in the house, Bernard starts to realize how cute the babies are. A wonderful text for a child faced with a new sibling or siblings, accented by Catalano's drawings of gorgeous colorful elephants. 2004, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
PreS-K-The young elephant introduced in Bernard's Bath (Turtleback, 2000), Bernard's Nap, and Bernard Goes to School (both Boyds Mills, 2003) now declares his desire for a sibling: not a "spit-up kind of baby," not a "sister kind of baby," and not "a crying baby" either. Instead he gets triplets, including two girls, and they all cry-and spit up, too. After expressions of "That's not what I wanted" and "Take her back," Bernard is assured that Papa will always have time for him and that there will always be room on Mama's lap. Catalano's art, done in pastels, is a huge success in the universality of its characterization and its accessibility to young children. His drawings show pleasant-faced elephants, plump and cozy, in agreeable fantasy colors that are as warm as the story. Their expressive eyes command readers' focus and shape their reactions. Pages are filled but not crowded, thanks to inventive layouts, with large, roundish, soft-looking forms. This book makes an interesting match with Kate Laing's Best Kind of Baby (Dial, 2003) in which a toddler's hopes collide with reality from a different angle.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The little elephant last seen in another familiar trial (Bernard Goes to School, 2001) has his life changed once again, this time in a big way. Bernard is anxious for the birth of-he is sure-his brother Max, whom-he is sure-won't spit up or cry. Lo, Mama comes home with a baby brother and twin baby girls. Each and every one cries and spits up and, for goodness sakes, makes stinky. Bernard retreats. Then Mama and Papa offer words of consolation: the babies will grow up and quit all this baby nonsense, and that there will always be time for Bernard and room in Mama's lap. All right, says Bernard, who observes, "They're cute when they sleep." It's nothing new, but those who enjoy Bernard will sympathize with this easy squeeze-of-the-hand for the youngest with new-sibling jitters, reinforced by the idyllic settings and touches of exotica delivered by Catalano's pastels. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590780886
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Goodman has written and illustrated numerous picture books, including the Bernard series; Hush Little Darling: A Christmas Song; Amanda's First Day of School; and Good Night, Pippin. She is also the author of Songs from Home, a novel for young adults. Ms. Goodman lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

Dominic Catalano has illustrated many books for children, including Mr. Basset Plays, which he also wrote. He lives in Perrysburg, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Bernard can't wait for his mother to come home from the hospital with his new baby. He had told his mother the exact kind of baby he wanted: a baby that doesn't cry or spit up. Above all, he wanted a baby brother.

Waiting for his mother to bring his baby brother home seems like an eternity to Bernard. When the big day arrives, Bernard gets more than he wishes for - a lot more.

Joan Elizabeth Goodman and Dominic Catalano have created the perfect book for any child whose world suddenly changes with the arrival of a new sibling. Like other Bernard adventures, this story features gentle humor and a warm family setting.

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