Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting

Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting

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by Jo Witek, Christine Roussey
     
 


  This oversized interactive book is a heartfelt look at the wonder and excitement of waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting for a new sibling to arrive. The charming protagonist is so eager to step into her role as a big sister that she’s starting early! She sticks close to her mama so she can sing songs to her sibling-to-be (loudly, of course)… See more details below

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  This oversized interactive book is a heartfelt look at the wonder and excitement of waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting for a new sibling to arrive. The charming protagonist is so eager to step into her role as a big sister that she’s starting early! She sticks close to her mama so she can sing songs to her sibling-to-be (loudly, of course) and explain all the great things waiting in the outside world (cupcakes! strawberries! swimming!). Quaint line drawings and lovely patterns lend a breezy, lighthearted atmosphere to the story, and a variety of playful flaps add gentle humor, showing the new baby blissfully tucked away in its mama’s belly. A joyful and celebratory ode to the growing family for any sister- or brother-to-be.

Praise for Hello in There!
STARRED REVIEW
"Roussey’s whimsical, scraggly, illustrations are perfectly suited to the girl’s excitement as the big day approaches."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Thick and sturdy pages and flaps are made to withstand many eager perusals as big sisters and brothers everywhere gear up for their own big days."
Kirkus Reviews

"This has charming possibilities for helping a youngster to envision (and get accustomed to) the impending sibling."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a helpful counterpoint to the many stories about sibling displacement, Witek and Roussey introduce a girl who’s thrilled about her soon-to-be-sibling. “You’re in there and I’m out here.... I’m waiting for you!” says the girl, her eyes darting coyly toward her mother’s curving belly, barely visible on the facing page. While the girl wonders about the unborn babe and anticipates spending time together, readers can lift increasingly large flaps on Mom’s growing belly, watching the development of the contented baby inside. Roussey’s whimsical, scraggly illustrations are perfectly suited to the girl’s excitement as the big day approaches. Ages 2�4. (May)
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
PreS—A little girl wonders about her not-yet-born sibling, reassuring and encouraging the baby by telling of all the good things waiting out in the world ("like strawberries and cupcakes-my favorites!"). The child appears on the recto of each spread while her mother's belly is shown growing larger on the verso. Youngsters can lift a flap to see the developing fetus against imaginative backgrounds. Childlike drawings with cleverly used white space and colorful images create suspense leading up to the moment when big sister and baby finally, happily meet. Preschoolers will enjoy this sweet story.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl eagerly awaits her new sibling. She talks to the baby in mama's belly about cupcakes, strawberries, sailing and swimming; sings songs extra-loud to be sure baby can hear and wonders what her new sibling will look like. The enthusiastic big sister is rendered mostly in black and white, with a large smiling face, upturned nose and a sprinkling of freckles. Each left-hand page depicts a pregnant belly in profile, gradually growing from a small bump until it finally crosses the center line and begins to crowd in on the right-hand page. Each rendering of the belly features a hidden flap under which can be found an adorable baby with closed eyes, a sweet smile and rosy, red cheeks. The flap and the baby it conceals grow bigger as the belly does, until finally, the big day arrives. Big sister waits patiently at home, getting dressed up for the occasion, until mother and father return home and place the little one, eyes wide open now, in big sister's arms. Those looking for new-baby–jealousy or sibling-rivalry themes will need to look elsewhere; this one is all sweetness and light. Thick and sturdy pages and flaps are made to withstand many eager perusals as big sisters and brothers everywhere gear up for their own big days. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419703713
Publisher:
Abrams Appleseed
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Growing Hearts Series
Pages:
28
Sales rank:
179,142
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

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