Silly Baby

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Beth has a new baby brother. He cries, he poos, he gets all the attention. Silly, silly Baby! But grandma shows Beth that he is small and soft and can smile at his big sister ? and Beth thinks that maybe he isn't so silly after all. This charming story about a child learning to cope with a new baby in the family is simply but very effectively written, and is complemented by beautifully expressive illustrations that have wide appeal. Perfect for every family with a second or third baby, it also meets the needs of ...

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Overview

Beth has a new baby brother. He cries, he poos, he gets all the attention. Silly, silly Baby! But grandma shows Beth that he is small and soft and can smile at his big sister — and Beth thinks that maybe he isn't so silly after all. This charming story about a child learning to cope with a new baby in the family is simply but very effectively written, and is complemented by beautifully expressive illustrations that have wide appeal. Perfect for every family with a second or third baby, it also meets the needs of early years curricula in helping children to understand that sharing is good. It follows Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick's highly popular Silly Mommy, Silly Daddy and Silly School, which also feature Beth and her family.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Author-illustrator Fitzpatrick has created a simple-but-sweet story for the toddler or preschooler who has just become—or will soon be—a big brother or sister to a brand new baby. In this delightful picture book, our young heroine Beth is welcoming home the new baby in her family. Her tiny brother can't walk or talk. It seems all he does is cry and sleep and cry again. Beth cannot understand why Mommy, Daddy, Granny and all the other relatives are making a fuss over him—very silly! Beth stands at the sidelines until Granny notices Beth at last. She helps Beth carefully cuddle her baby brother on the couch. And that's when Beth begins to see that he's not so silly after all. Here is a story that will strike a chord with parents and young children alike. The book is told in simple sentence structure with age-appropriate vocabulary, while the text is set in large, informal typeface for read-aloud ease. The illustrations are double-page, full-color gouache paintings filled with such emotional expression and simplified action that they could easily tell the story without any text at all. This charming rendition of a common childhood event will certainly be useful for parents or grandparents to read to a sibling-to-be. It's also a great choice of gift for the new brother or sister when bringing a gift for a new baby. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
Kirkus Reviews

The silly new baby in Beth's family can't do the things Beth can do, but he seems to get all the attention anyway. The opening scene shows Beth's frustration as adults crowd around the baby. All readers see are the backs of their legs and small Beth behind, trying to peep in. When she does, she's not impressed. He cries, sleeps and cries again. Beth's body language shows her dejection and, finally, her joy when, later, Granny helps her hold him. Comfortably in Granny's lap, she meets him herself, admires his smile and takes ownership of her new baby brother. The family circle is emphasized by Granny's enclosing arms. Gouache paintings use rounded lines and flat, black-outlined shapes with little depth. Some are framed; others are double-page spreads. Even the page backgrounds reflect Beth's moods—muted cool colors at first and a joyous yellow at the end. Families who met Beth before in Silly Mommy, Silly Daddy (2006) or Silly School (2007) will rejoice, and this reassuring title will surely win her new fans. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845079512
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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