Dear Baby: Letters From Your Big Brother

Dear Baby: Letters From Your Big Brother

by Sarah Sullivan, Paul Meisel
     
 

A young boy records the ups and downs of life as a new big brother in a scrapbook of funny, earnest letters and other touching memorabilia.

There's a baby on the way! Of course, Mike is very excited and curious about his new sibling. And he's very eager to assume his new role as a big brother. To start, he's decided to record his observations and

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Overview

A young boy records the ups and downs of life as a new big brother in a scrapbook of funny, earnest letters and other touching memorabilia.

There's a baby on the way! Of course, Mike is very excited and curious about his new sibling. And he's very eager to assume his new role as a big brother. To start, he's decided to record his observations and experiences in a series of letters to the baby, displayed here along with playful illustrations of Mike's own drawings, family "snapshots," and even a sonogram. Whether Mike is feeling like an "invisible boy" or boasting of his new sister's talents, whether furious when she breaks his favorite toy or proud to save her from a hot curling iron, his account of his first year of life as an older brother evolves into a very special keepsake — and a funny, honest, and heartfelt tribute to sibling relationships.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Have you had the experience of being the big brother or sister? Do you remember what it was like when that little one came into your family and suddenly things were different? This unique book is written as letters to the baby that is expected. The big brother expresses his feelings of excitement before the baby is born. He explains things about the family and what they do to let the baby know what is to be expected. He also speaks out about his frustration when the baby is born and the attention is drawn away from him to the newborn. There are funny moments—and precious ones as well—that this big brother goes through the first year of his sister's life. Readers will be delighted as they read and look at the "scrap book" the boy has put together. The illustrations are cleverly done with some being realistic and others looking like a child has drawn them. This book should be shared with anyone who knows what it is like to have (or will have) a new addition to the family. The reader may gain new insight on what it is to be a big brother or sister. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 5 to 7.
—Cathi I. White
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Mike, who will be a big brother soon, writes letters to his unborn sibling. After Erica is born, and his friend Rishi also has a new sister, the boys get caught up in a competition about whose new sister is the most amazing. Mike continues to write to his sibling and soon has a full-fledged scrapbook, which he presents to Erica on her first birthday. The book does an excellent job of revealing the fears and joys that accompany the arrival of a new family member. As Erica grows, Mike grows into his role. The letters are natural and convincing, and the artwork, represented as Mike's, shows him to be a sensitive, creative child. Because of the scrapbook layout, this title is best suited for independent readers or one-on-one. It's a fine choice for any "new baby" collection, not to mention a good introduction to the artistry and fun of scrapbooks.-Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Presented in the form of a scrapbook, a series of notes, letters and drawings from an older brother to his new sibling traces her life from a few weeks before her birth (a print of her sonogram) until her first birthday. It's a clever idea, as Mike includes drawings of his favorite toy action figure, family portraits and even Erica's infant footprints. He goes through defined stages, from resenting the attention Erica gets, to defending her perfection to his friend Rishi, who also has a new baby sister, Maya. Scrawled commentary appears in the margins of the letters, too, as Mike notes "things that babies shouldn't eat" (worms, toys, my hand!) and "things that you will need when you go to school" (lunch, backpack, notebook). It ends with an overly didactic note (a birthday card with a message inside), but Meisel's mixed-media pictures are cheerful and engaging and the idea makes this a worthwhile addition to the burgeoning shelf on the topic. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763621261
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/09/2005
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
568,891
Product dimensions:
10.15(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sarah Sullivan is the author of the picture book ROOT BEER AND BANANA, illustrated by Greg Shed. Of DEAR BABY she says, "I always wondered how it would feel to have a younger brother or sister. My brother told me a little bit about how he felt when I came along. I suppose Mike's letters grew out of those conversations." The recipient of an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, Sarah Sullivan writes from her home in West Virginia, where she lives with her husband and her cat.

Paul Meisel is well known for his illustrations in more than thirty children's books, including WHAT'S THE MATTER IN MR. WHISKERS' ROOM? by Michael Elsohn Ross, WHAT'S THAT NOISE? by Michelle Edwards and Phyllis Root, the Cool Crazy Crickets books by David Elliott, and the LET'S-READ-AND-FIND-OUT science series. He says, "There is nothing better than having the opportunity to think and draw like a kid. Cut paper, markers, crayons — I had a ball!"

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