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"In this reassuring, emotionally on-target book . . . a father recalls for his preschooler the many feelings she experienced when her new baby brother arrived and her world changed forever." - PARENTING

How does it feel to have a brand-new baby in the family - especially if you are still very young yourself? With enormous warmth and empathy, the acclaimed and award-winning team of Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, author and illustrator of IT'S SO AMAZING! and IT'S PERFECTLY...

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Overview

"In this reassuring, emotionally on-target book . . . a father recalls for his preschooler the many feelings she experienced when her new baby brother arrived and her world changed forever." - PARENTING

How does it feel to have a brand-new baby in the family - especially if you are still very young yourself? With enormous warmth and empathy, the acclaimed and award-winning team of Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, author and illustrator of IT'S SO AMAZING! and IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL, tell the universal story of a young child who, suddenly, is no longer the baby.

This new paperback edition of HI NEW BABY! includes an illustrated bookplate that lets older siblings help fill in the details of a special baby’s birth.

With enormous warmth and empathy, the acclaimed and award-winning team of "It's So Amazing!" and "It's Perfectly Normal, " tells the universal story of a young child who, suddenly, is no longer the baby.

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Publishers Weekly
"The family first introduced in Happy Birth Day! returns for a sensitive and visually sumptuous portrayal of a domestic milestone: the arrival of a second child," said PW in a starred review. Ages 2-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reprising the family first introduced in Happy Birth Day!, Harris and Emberley return with another sensitive and visually sumptuous portrayal of a domestic milestone: the arrival of a second child. This time it's the father who narrates, as he tells the book's heroine, an unnamed preschooler, about how she reacted to her rumpled-faced brother's arrival. Initially, the big sister thinks he is "too noisy" and "boring." But then she realizes that by comparison, she is downright mature ("That baby doesn't have any teeth! I have so-ooo many teeth. And I can brush all my teeth. That baby can't!"). Working in full-bleed spreads in glowing peach tones, Emberley creates warm, intimate pictures (the audience is often just beyond the characters' noses); by frequently framing the action at the girl's eye level, he captures the full force of her stormy emotions. By the final page, the girl is sufficiently won over, enough to say "Hi new baby," rock her brother and even savor the deliciousness of new-baby smell. A sympathetic, credible approach to a reluctant sibling's plight. Ages 2-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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The story is based on the author's own experience with her older child meeting the new sibling. Harris tells the story in first person, starting with--"I'll never ever forget the moment you met your new baby brother." The pages following describe the reactions of the older child while adjusting to the new situation. The parents, who are understanding of the emotional turbulences experienced by the older child, respond with love and reassurance. The story is really put to life by softly colored, double-page illustrations throughout the book. Impressive portraits capture the complexity of emotions endured by the child, who is upset when the baby cries, angry not to be the baby any longer and disappointed that the baby is boring. The portraits, with their intensive facial expressions, may seem a bit overwhelming due to the large-size edition of the book. This is a good book for children who experience difficulties in accepting a new sibling or who have not been prepared well for the big event. Children who do not find their new sibling icky, yucky, sooo boring, and too noisy, might not relate that well to the story, especially since it is written in first person. 2000, Candlewick Press,
School Library Journal
PreS-Another book that examines the emotional turmoil of an older sibling when a new baby is brought into the family. A father reminisces about his daughter's struggle to accept her new brother. He spits, cries, pees in a diaper, and doesn't have any teeth. Finally, after a stream of whining, the girl claims, "I'm way bigger than he is!" and is then told, "You're even big enough to hold the baby." As she rocks him to sleep, she kisses him and finally drifts off as well; the siblings are a harmonious pair at last. The stiff narration is at times awkward with a confusing jumble of pronouns: "`Here's my baby!' you told Mommy, as you held up your furry stuffed bear. `I like your furry baby!' she said. `Do you like your baby?' you asked. `We love the new baby,' she said." However, the large, close-up illustrations are warm, soft, and loving. They display the child's skepticism as well as her need to continue to be the center of attention. It is the overriding calmness of the oil-pastel double-page spreads that makes the mundane text that much more jarring. Though this book has a lot going for it (the child's connection to her father, his sense of love for her even as she struggles, the illustrations with their heartfelt intimacy), it is ultimately disappointing.- Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763618261
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 11.79 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Robie H. Harris says the memory of the day her second child was born inspired HI NEW BABY! "When my older child met his new baby brother, he was full of feelings—excitement and disappointment when he finally saw the baby, surprise that the new baby was so tiny, upset when the baby cried, bored when the baby slept, angry that he was no longer the baby, and proud when he realized that he could make the baby stop crying. This was another story, like HAPPY BIRTH DAY!, that my children—who are now best friends—loved hearing."

Michael Emberley says, "After carpeting my studio floor with hundreds of sketches in my struggle to capture the complex emotions of the young girl in this book, I think I finally know what must have been going on in my sister's mind on the day I was born." Michael Emberley's art for HI NEW BABY! features the same family that readers meet in HAPPY BIRTH DAY!

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