Love The Baby

Love The Baby

by Steven Layne, Ard Hoyt
     
 

The new baby is an annoying, attention-receiving, loud nuisance, but the older sibling must pretend to love the baby, since everyone insists he must. This picture book can teach children how to be patient with and honest about their feelings of welcoming a newborn home.

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The new baby is an annoying, attention-receiving, loud nuisance, but the older sibling must pretend to love the baby, since everyone insists he must. This picture book can teach children how to be patient with and honest about their feelings of welcoming a newborn home.

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School Library Journal

PreS-K
A black-and-white bunny tells it like it is: "Babies aren't much fun." Every time he turns around, Baby has taken over his space, whether it be rocking with Mommy "in our chair" or singing the special "scrub-a-dub song" with Nana. The adults keep saying, "Help me love the baby," but he only pretends to do so, and his feelings of resentment persist. Then one night, he's the only one to respond to his sibling's crying. He plays all the favorite games with Baby until the little one finally falls asleep. His declaration, "I'm all done pretending. I love my baby!" is a satisfying and believable conclusion. This book presents a realistic view of the emotional difficulty of becoming a sibling. The short, simple text flows smoothly and uses repetition to keep the focus on the theme. The loose, lively illustrations are full of fun details that support both human and animal aspects of these rabbits. For instance, the big brother has a cowboy hat and lasso and Baby plays with colorful wooden blocks, yet the mobile over the crib is made of vegetables and a lantern is lit by fireflies. The underground setting is also a nice touch. This story could well become a favorite for children who are grappling with accepting a new baby into the family.
—Martha TopolCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589803923
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/31/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,282,914
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

STEVEN L. LAYNE is a professor at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he also serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy program. His work has been recognized by organizations such as USA Today, the Milken Family Foundation, and the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Born in Temple, Texas, Ard Hoyt is the illustrator of nine picture books, including the New York Times bestseller I'm a Manatee, by John Lithgow. He also illustrated Stephen Layne's "Love the Baby" and "Teachers' Night Before Halloween."

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