It's All about Me!

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"I cry/I sleep/I kick my feet/I even suck my toes." And as I grow from a baby to a little boy, I know Mommy and Daddy will always love me -- because in my life so far, it's all about ME! But then,"I hear them say/a baby brother is on the way.Will Mommy and Daddy still think I'm the best? What if it's no longer all about ME . . . but US instead?"

Featuring Nancy Cote's warm and gently humorous watercolor illustrations, It's All About ME! offers penetrating insight into a young child's feelings and experiences. ...
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Overview

"I cry/I sleep/I kick my feet/I even suck my toes." And as I grow from a baby to a little boy, I know Mommy and Daddy will always love me -- because in my life so far, it's all about ME! But then,"I hear them say/a baby brother is on the way.Will Mommy and Daddy still think I'm the best? What if it's no longer all about ME . . . but US instead?"

Featuring Nancy Cote's warm and gently humorous watercolor illustrations, It's All About ME! offers penetrating insight into a young child's feelings and experiences. With its easy read-aloud rhythm and a fun twist at the end, this charming story of self-esteem and sibling rivalry will strike a chord with families everywhere.
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Children's Literature
A 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.
—Sara Lorimer
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PreS-Gr 2-A boy describes all of the things that he can do-crawl, walk, and eventually run-and his parents tell him that he's the best. When a new baby comes along, he wonders why they wanted another child if he's the best. At first, he is jealous of his brother, but when the tot smiles at him, he decides that maybe the little guy can stay and they begin building a relationship. Then, another infant arrives, and the older sibling is very sympathetic about his younger brother's reaction to the new addition. This exploration of the growth and development of a loving, caring family is told through simple rhyming language and lively gouache and watercolor-pencil artwork. Each spread has several small captioned illustrations (e.g., "I sit" or "I play in mud"), bringing to mind a photo album. Brightly colored two-page paintings are interspersed throughout, showing larger views of day-to-day life. The palette is cheerful and warm. The narrator's emotions run the gamut from happy to sad to angry. A good choice for parents to share with their children when a new family member is on the way.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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A first-born child learns that family life just might not be all about him . . . and that might not be so bad. Secure with his only-child role, a young boy is perturbed to learn of a sibling's imminent arrival. With all the noises, messes and smells the baby makes, his opinion does not change . . . until the baby first smiles at his big brother. "And Mommy tells me I'm the best / Big brother that she knows / Someday we'll play together / I can't wait until he grows." Best, when the time comes for baby number three to come home, he is there to ease his little brother into his new role of big brother. Young children with siblings will easily identify with the characters; Cote's facial expressions bring the illustrations to life. The bright colors, simple details and rhyming verses make this a perfect read-aloud. The title and front cover art don't reveal the true subject; it will be up to others to introduce it to growing families. A wonderfully sweet look at the challenges and benefits of adding children to the family, from the perspective of someone with experience. (Picture book. 2-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399242809
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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    Welcoming siblings

    A great book about a growing family from the first born's point of view. The simple rhyming prose and colorful illustrations keep even a young child's attention.

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