I'm Going to be a Big Sister!

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These colorful tales are designed to help prepare older siblings for the arrival of a new baby brother or sister. By providing discussion prompts, these books help give parents the language needed to speak to their older children in a way that is supportive, complimentary, and caring. Through a variety of descriptions?from which toys are safe for babies and which are dangerous, to the importance of hand washing and picking up the baby only when a grown up is there to help?Sam and Amanda learn what it means ...

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Overview

These colorful tales are designed to help prepare older siblings for the arrival of a new baby brother or sister. By providing discussion prompts, these books help give parents the language needed to speak to their older children in a way that is supportive, complimentary, and caring. Through a variety of descriptions—from which toys are safe for babies and which are dangerous, to the importance of hand washing and picking up the baby only when a grown up is there to help—Sam and Amanda learn what it means to be a big brother or sister. A discussion about the real-life issue of parents' temporary absence while at the hospital prepares youngsters for what might otherwise be a confusing and frightening time. The books' handy tip sheets succinctly detail hints for supporting the older child and is accompanied by a download link for an MP3, containing upbeat and catchy tunes that emphasize the special bond between brothers and sisters.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent tool for both parent and child for dealing with one of the most challenging developmental stages, another sibling."  —Don Elium, author, Raising a Son; Raising a Daughter; Raising a Teenager; and Raising a Family

"As a hospital perinatal and health educator, issues about siblings often come up in the course of classes I teach. I'm so relieved to finally have such a wonderful book to recommend to them."  —Georgia Montgomery, CD, CCE, LE BLS, www.marinbirthingandparenting.com

"The quality of the book is terrific, very well done. The book is very clear and thorough in its explanation."  —Parental Wisdom

Parental Wisdom
The quality of the book is terrific, very well done. The book is very clear and thorough in its explanation.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-These books are essentially identical except for a few minor stereotypical differences such as showing the girl's toys to include makeup whereas the boy has tools. Each one is a didactic exploration of how a household gets ready for a new baby and what it means to be the older sibling. Readers are cautioned about dangerous toys versus safe toys and are advised to always wash their hands before touching the baby's hands and toys. One page answers the question, "Mommy, how will the baby come out of your belly?" and the uterus and the birth canal are introduced. The books address the logistics of who will care for the child while Mommy's in the hospital, which in these cases is Grandma. Finally, several pages are devoted to the older sibling's role: "Being a big brother [sister] means being a teacher and an example to your sister or brother." The volumes work hard to be comprehensive with a congratulatory letter from the author, a final page of tips for parents, a Web site, and even a catchy song on CD that again emphasizes the role of the older sibling. While much useful information is imparted here, the writing is stilted and lackluster. The clarity of the page design along with bright, simple line drawings will help attract readers' attention, but may not sustain it with these overly idealistic presentations.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976719861
  • Publisher: Nurturing Your Children Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 33
  • Sales rank: 268,037
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Bercun is a clinical nurse specialist in child and family mental health, a pediatric nurse-practitioner, and a mother of two. She lives in Larkspur, California. Sue Gross is an illustrator and printmaker. She lives in Carnelain Bay, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    My granddaughter loves it.

    I bought this book for my 3 year old granddaughter. She is going to have a baby brother in a couple of months. She wants it read to her over and over. She likes that the girl (Amanda) in the story likes to do the same things as she does. The story is about what to expect when adding a new baby to the family. The pictures are colorful and the story offers a lot of opportunity to discuss what is happening and what is going to happen (Mommy's tummy getting bigger, how the baby comes out - without getting too graphic, mommy going to the hospital and maybe being gone for a couple days, and who will take care of Amanda). It discusses dangerous toys for babies and safe toys for babies. My granddaughter and I then talk about which of her toys would be dangerous for a baby. It also gives us ideas about things you can do with a baby (peek-a-boo, sing songs, read stories). We really enjoy this book.

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