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Children's LiteratureA baby starts out with the simplest of accomplishments--"I cry/ I sleep/ I kick my feet/ I even suck my toes/ I laugh/ I crawl/ I roll around/ I also pick my nose." He, or perhaps she, learns to walk, play in mud, and enjoys hanging out with his parents. But then the tension comes--"I hear them say/ A baby brother is on the way/ I do not want a baby boy/ I'd rather have a brand-new toy." He wonders why, if he is "the best," his parents would want another baby. The baby is noisy, messy, and smelly, and the boy wishes he would go away, but then the baby smiles at him and he decides he is not so bad. Peace reigns until they hear that a third baby is coming home. The boy thinks his little brother will not be happy about this, "But I tell him a family's best/ Our parents tell him, too/ So welcome, little baby / Little baby, we love you!" It's not the subtlest of the "so you're going to be a big brother books" genre, but it has its charms, notably the amusing and colorful illustrations. 2005, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Ages 2 to 5.