Love The Baby

Overview

"Everywhere we went, everybody told me,
'Loooove the baby!'"

"This story could well become a favorite for children who are grappling with accepting a new baby into the family."
--School Library Journal

"Steven Layne is one of our favorite teachers--and authors . . . "Love the Baby" is a clever take on sibling jealousy when a new baby comes home."
--Teaching K-8

"Layne's take on the familiar theme is sweet and direct enough even for very young children to grasp."
--Booklist

When Baby arrives on the scene, the new...

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Overview

"Everywhere we went, everybody told me,
'Loooove the baby!'"

"This story could well become a favorite for children who are grappling with accepting a new baby into the family."
--School Library Journal

"Steven Layne is one of our favorite teachers--and authors . . . "Love the Baby" is a clever take on sibling jealousy when a new baby comes home."
--Teaching K-8

"Layne's take on the familiar theme is sweet and direct enough even for very young children to grasp."
--Booklist

When Baby arrives on the scene, the new big brother's transition from only child to sibling is not an easy one. As he pretends to do what family and friends are all suggesting--love the baby--his misery mounts! But when Baby needs a hero in the night, big brother saves the day and discovers, to his great surprise, that he really does love the baby after all.

A chance meeting in 2004 led to instant friendship for Steven Layne and Ard Hoyt. Now, these experienced fathers have teamed up for a story of sibling rivalry and redemption that is both hilarious and heartwarming.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803923
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/9/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 661,424
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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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