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Lisa's Baby Sister(The Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa)

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When Lisa’s baby sister arrives, everyone makes a big fuss–everyone but Lisa. Grandma is all excited, Dad can’t snap enough photos, Lisa’s big sister Victoria has to show off the baby to all of her friends, and of course, Mom is always busy feeding the baby or changing her diaper. No one pays much attention to Lisa until she begins playing her flute very loudly just outside the baby Lila’s room. And then one of Victoria’s friends proclaims that this very cute little baby looks just like Lisa. It isn’t long before...
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Overview

When Lisa’s baby sister arrives, everyone makes a big fuss–everyone but Lisa. Grandma is all excited, Dad can’t snap enough photos, Lisa’s big sister Victoria has to show off the baby to all of her friends, and of course, Mom is always busy feeding the baby or changing her diaper. No one pays much attention to Lisa until she begins playing her flute very loudly just outside the baby Lila’s room. And then one of Victoria’s friends proclaims that this very cute little baby looks just like Lisa. It isn’t long before Lisa becomes a proud big sister and even takes Lila to school for show and tell.

A young dog is very unhappy about the arrival of her new baby sister.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Gaspard and Lisa's Rainy Day, the first of two new titles by Anne Gutman, illus. by Georg Hallensleben, the pair's quest for fun things to do indoors lands them in hot water; and Lisa adopts a hilarious attitude to her family's new addition ("My best friend, Gaspard, promised me that he would never talk to the baby. And we could pretend that it didn't exist") in Lisa's Baby Sister.
Children's Literature
Young Lisa is upset that her Mom is having a baby, and before the new arrival even has time to arrive, Lisa is jealous. On top of this, she is sad that the pregnancy keeps her Mom from doing fun things like playing on the seesaw with her. When delivery time comes, Lisa's Grandma takes her for ice cream and retells the story of how Lisa's older sister felt the same about her before Lisa was born, and she reminds Lisa of how well they get along now. After Lisa's new little sister comes home, Lisa sees what all the fuss is about because the baby is so adorable. This book would be appropriate for young readers who are expecting a new little sister or brother. Delightful color drawings fill the pages of this book, which was translated from French. This title is part of "The Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa." 2003, Random House, Inc.,
— Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Another humorous and kid-friendly book about two engaging dogs. Lisa is not pleased about the impending arrival of a new sibling. "My mom has been pregnant for a very long time, and I am tired of it.- She's too fat to play on the seesaw with me. There's a baby in her belly, and I don't like it." She goes so far as to suggest names for the new arrival: "Doofus" for a girl or "Goofus" for a boy. Gaspard, ever her good friend, vows to ignore the new baby, promising to "pretend that it didn't exist." Predictably, when Lila arrives, Lisa discovers that her baby sister isn't so bad after all. As with previous titles, this small book is perfect for one-on-one or small-group sharing. Hallensleben's acrylic paintings are pigment-rich, creating a sophisticated yet appealing sense of city life. The hand-lettered text is also quite childlike yet clear and legible. Libraries owning other titles in the series will definitely want to pick this one up, as will libraries looking for more simple and amusing books about new babies.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Gutman's saucy bunny (Lisa in New York, not reviewed, etc.) contends with the imminent arrival of a new sibling. Lisa succinctly expresses her displeasure with her mother's pregnancy. "My mom has been pregnant for a very long time, and I am tired of it. . . . She's too fat to play on the seesaw with me. There's a baby in her belly, and I don't like it." Traditional methods of soothing a recalcitrant sibling do not work with this precocious tot; Lisa is clearly unimpressed with tales of her older sister Victoria's jealousy over Lisa's arrival and eventual acceptance. Lisa's staunch refusal of being involved with anything baby-related persists even after baby Lila comes home from the hospital. It is not until Lisa overhears a friend remark upon the similarities between Lila and Lisa, that she reevaluates the situation. Gutman strikes just the right balance between belligerence and vulnerability that children often experience when confronted with both the concept and reality of a new sibling. Lisa's straight-from-the hip talk will resonate with readers, conveying to them that it's acceptable to feel conflicted about the big change looming in their lives. Hallensleben's heavily pigmented illustrations artfully capture the sights of urban life. Young Lisa serenely strolls past avant-garde sculptures and dines in outdoor cafes with the aplomb of a city dweller. His deft use of a colorful array of hues draws the reader's attention. Unerringly honest and every bit hilarious, this is a zesty addition to Gutman and Hallensleben's popular series. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375822513
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/11/2003
  • Series: Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

A husband-and-wife team, Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben first created the Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa series in 1999. Anne, the designer and writer of the series, is a children’s book designer. Georg, the illustrator and writer, was a painter before becoming a full-time children’s book illustrator.
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