Not Yet, Rose

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As Rose anxiously awaits the birth of the family's new baby, she isn't sure what to expect about her new role as big sister. She isn't sure whether she wants a baby brother or a baby sister; actually she isn't sure she wants a new baby at all! But when her new little brother actually arrives, suddenly everything seems just right.
Susanna Leonard Hill's text perfectly captures the excitement and apprehension of children anticipating the arrival of a new baby, and Nicole Rutten's...
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Overview

As Rose anxiously awaits the birth of the family's new baby, she isn't sure what to expect about her new role as big sister. She isn't sure whether she wants a baby brother or a baby sister; actually she isn't sure she wants a new baby at all! But when her new little brother actually arrives, suddenly everything seems just right.
Susanna Leonard Hill's text perfectly captures the excitement and apprehension of children anticipating the arrival of a new baby, and Nicole Rutten's sweet hamster characters make this an ideal story for siblings-to-be.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
Rose is a young hamster—although readers might at first think she is a mouse—who is expecting a baby brother or sister any day. Every morning she asks eagerly if the baby has arrived. On Monday, Rose wishes for a sister who will be just like her. On Tuesday, she thinks a baby brother would be best so he is not too much like her. On Wednesday, she decides that being an only child might be best. On Thursday, she ponders how boring a baby might be because it will only sleep and eat for a while. When Rose wakes up on Friday, her grandparents are there because her parents have gone to the hospital to have the baby. Later Rose visits the hospital and meets her baby brother—who turns out to be very cute ,cuddly, and fun to hold. This book will be perfect for young children who have a sibling on the way. It covers all the feelings that a new "big" brother or sister is likely to feel: worry, fear, irritation, excitement, expectation, happiness, and love. The words and story lend themselves well to comparisons with a human family, but the hamster images are sweet and well done. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Every morning, a young hamster races into her parents' bedroom and asks, "Is the baby here yet?" and each time they answer, "Not yet." Rose can't decide whether she wants a sister or a brother, and at one point she decides that she doesn't want a baby at all, but her mother brings her around to the idea that she'll probably like being a big sister. Dad describes the nurturing that babies require and reminds his daughter that she was once an infant who needed and received loving care, too. When a brother is born, she carefully holds him, marvels at how tiny he is, and sings to him until he falls asleep in her arms. The book ends neatly with Rose's parents asking if her arms are tired and she replies, "Not yet." Hill presents adults who encourage their daughter to process her feelings and come to her own conclusions. The narrative's pacing and structure are ideal, with the story and life lessons beginning on Monday and ending on Friday. Rutten's cheery watercolor illustrations, depicting the hamsters' life in their cozy country cottage and later in the hospital, are infused with subtle, appropriate humor. With its thoughtful text and playful art, this book gently helps older siblings confidently adjust to their new roles.—Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Hill beautifully portrays the seesawing emotions a young mouse feels in the transition time before becoming a big sister. Rose just cannot wait for her mother to have her baby. On Monday, Rose wants a sister, with whom she can do all her favorite things . . . but she worries that perhaps a sister would be too much like her. On Tuesday, Rose would rather have a brother, who would be different. On Wednesday she doesn't want a baby at all. Her mother's talk of being the big sister does not change her mind. Thursday's discussion with her father clarifies for Rose what babies do, but she still isn't sure she wants one. And on Friday her baby brother is born. As Rose holds him in her arms, all her fears and worries evaporate in the wonderfulness that is a new baby. Rutten's watercolor-and-pencil artwork sweetly portrays the bundle of conflicting feelings that is Rose. Her expressive face and body language make her every emotion plain. Brightly colored pictures contrast with the blue-toned illustrations that represent Rose's imaginings. A solid addition to the new-baby shelf. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802853264
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 34
  • Sales rank: 848,310
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Not Yet, Rose is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    A Gentle Charmer

    While the story of Rose's anticipation surrounding the impending arrival of a sibling is particularly relevant for children in a like situation, it is a special and worthwhile read for all. The story is sweet and honest. The illustrations are a perfect match. Not Yet, Rose is certain to become a favorite.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Rose Is Just Right

    I am expecting my second child and was looking for a picture book to share with my 2 1/2 year old daughter that might give her some idea of what to expect. What a pleasure it was to find Not Yet, Rose! Not only does the story help children understand what babies are like, but author Susanna Leonard Hill does a beautiful job of exploring Rose's often contradictory (and very true to life!) emotions as she tries to imagine what it will be like to be a big sister. Children will find the story engaging and Nicole Rutten's beautiful illustrations a joy to explore, and parents will appreciate the gentle wisdom of Rose's parents and the many opportunities for discussion with their little ones that the story opens doors to. My daughter asks for this story over and over, which is always a great recommendation, and having discovered this wonderful book I plan to give it as a gift to everyone I know who is expecting their second child!

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    The Perfect Book for Siblings in Waiting

    Not Yet, Rose beautifully captures the imaginings of an expectant big sister, the excited anticipation coupled with the ambivalence of welcoming a baby sibling. It is a story filled with gentle humor that children will clamor to hear again and again, and parents will be pleased to accommodate. Not Yet, Rose is the perfect choice for families adding a precious little one because it will facilitate an honest discussion about the realities of having a new infant in the home-- and the story will touch the heart.

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