Henry Helps with the Babyby Beth Bracken, Ailie Busby
Henry is a good helper! He can even help with his new baby sister.
Meet the Author
Beth Bracken's books have been translated into multiple languages, and her picture books have won the 2011 Creative Child Award; the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize; and the 2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their children. When she's not reading, writing, or editing books, Beth spends most of her time knitting endlessly while watching reruns of old TV shows and drinking lots of tea.
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Henry Helps with the Baby is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
What a sweet way to let big brothers see how helpful they are or to prepare them for the baby on the way. A cute book but it’s a bit genre specific to young boys with little siblings.
Henry helps take care of Penny, his infant sister. He likes to get the things she needs. If Penny’s diaper needs changed, Henry gets a clean diaper. He finds Penny’s hat when everyone goes on a walk. At bath time, Henry shares his bath toys, and when Penny is hungry, Henry shares mom. Henry is a very attentive brother and intuitive. When his sister cries he gives her a kiss. At bedtime, Henry will sing Penny a lullaby. Henry is helpful around the house doing little things to help. These small responsibilities keep Henry active with Penny and can only help their relationship as they grow. This is a good book for a new big brother, or maybe one not so new, yet not completely happy with his new sibling. The book helps show how the older brother (or sister) can help and how a relationship can develop from the very beginning. On the back cover, there are helpful pointers for parents from a parent educator. She suggests making every child a part of the family team with helpful and simple guidelines. One of those guidelines is to focus on the effort not the result when giving a child a task to do. I like this book more than any other I have read about big brothers and big sisters dealing with an infant sibling. Henry Helps with the Baby is completely positive, joyful, and easy for any three-year-old to imitate. The illustrations realistically show each task Henry does while keeping the characters fun. It begins with Penny in Mom’s lap crying and Henry sitting next to them looking forlorn. He learns that Penny is in need of a lot of help. Henry knows he is a good helper and starts helping. Young children will be able to identify with Henry. They will love reading this book, perhaps many times before the new baby even arrives. I imagine young children will insist on helping after reading Henry Helps with the Baby. Note: viewed a digital copy from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher. Original review at kid-lit-reviews.