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Geraldine's Baby Brother

Geraldine's Baby Brother

by Holly Keller

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With its drolly understated humor, this book offers a fresh, appealing variation on the theme of an older sibling adjusting to a new baby. Of course it helps that the heroine here is the captivatingly strong-willed Geraldine, whose personality is imparted as much through Keller's ( Horace ; Geraldine's Blanket ) winsome watercolors as through her text. From the opening image of Geraldine sitting behind a chair, wearing earmuffs while reading a book called Lizards and Toads , it is clear that the feisty little pig is mightily displeased She is doing her best to ignore her noisy new brother, Willie--on whom the attentions of Geraldine's parents, aunt and uncle are solidly focused. So the independent older sister decides to ignore them , too, and puts herself to bed. In the middle of the night, however, she hears Willie moving around in his basket and takes it upon herself to see that he doesn't start wailing again. How the newborn wins her affection will bring smiles to Geraldine's young fans--and win her some new ones, too. Ages 4-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Geraldine's new baby brother, Willie, seems to cry all the time. Geraldine tries earmuffs to block out the sound. Her family is quite involved in caring for the new infant, so Geraldine takes a bath and goes to bed in the middle of the afternoon. She won't talk to her mother. Later that evening, she sneaks into Willie's room to give him a good talking-to, but ends up staying to read him stories. Geraldine's family (they're pigs, by the way) is an accurate depiction of the turmoil wrought by a new sibling, and Geraldine's acceptance of him is truly heartwarming.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The porcine heroine of Geraldine's Blanket (1984) and Geraldine's Big Snow (1988, both Greenwillow) is back-with a new brother. Willie, swaddled in his very own blanket, is mostly mouth and trotters AND all noise. Geraldine doesn't warm up to him right away-typically he gets all the attention-but patience and resourcefulness are her resident virtues. In the middle of the night, the siblings have a heart-to-heart and big sister reads them both to sleep. The text is simple, and the charmingly drawn watercolor illustrations have just the right detail. Aunt Bessie and Mrs. Wilson make cameo appearances and baby doll Rosa is spied as well-in her pink blanket dress, of course. This expressive pig's appeal remains timeless.-Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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