Iris And Walter And Baby Roseby Elissa Haden Guest, Christine Davenier
Iris's baby sister Rose is a very, very fussy baby, and Grandpa takes Iris out for a special day without the baby.
Publishers WeeklyIris anticipates her baby sibling with glee. But when the new arrival won't stop crying, the big sister changes her tune. "Once again, Grandpa brings a new perspective in this charming beginner chapter book series," said PW. Ages 6-9. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureIn four, short, easy-reader chapters, Iris goes through the stages of siblinghood. First is the eager anticipation, second the reality of a squalling baby, third the time off with a loving grandpa and some time together with her parents, and fourth, Iris's discovery that she can quiet Baby Rose and actually enjoy being a big sister. Walter is a willing friend in helping Iris through the year-long process. It's a reassuring, if not especially new, story and Davenier's squiggly line, impressionistic shapes, and warm colors give the book a visual flair unusual in early readers. Fans will be happy to see the Iris and Walter books increased by one more character, and readers new to the series will want to track down the other two. This well-done book is third in the "Iris and Walter" series. 2002, Harcourt,
School Library JournalGr 2-3-Iris is excited about becoming a big sister, but it's a long time from winter until spring when the baby will arrive. Then, reality sets in when Baby Rose is born, possessing a very healthy set of lungs. All she does is "Cry, cry, cry," Iris complains to her friend Walter. He loans her his earmuffs, which helps make the situation more tolerable. When Iris is just about fed up with all the fuss over and the fussiness of the baby, Grandpa takes her on an outing-just the two of them. Over time, Rose begins to grow and is eventually less vocal. Iris finally decides that she likes being a big sister, and is pretty good at it, too. This book is suitable for those just beyond beginning readers, yet not quite ready for longer chapter books. Each page has approximately two to five sentences of text. Davenier's sketches enhance the story of a loving family with parents who help both of their girls fit in. The illustrations are done in pen and ink, filled in with watercolor washes, primarily in shades of blue and pink. A simple story, pleasantly told.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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