A Special Something

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"My mommy's got a big fat tummy! Whatever has she got in there? She says it's Something Special, but I'm not so sure." A lovely picture book with a comforting message to help soothe anxieties about a new sibling. Jan Fearnley's many books for children include Just Like You, Mr. Wolf and the Three Bears, and A Perfect Day for It.

A little girl imagines what strange things could be inside her mother's tummy.

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Overview

"My mommy's got a big fat tummy! Whatever has she got in there? She says it's Something Special, but I'm not so sure." A lovely picture book with a comforting message to help soothe anxieties about a new sibling. Jan Fearnley's many books for children include Just Like You, Mr. Wolf and the Three Bears, and A Perfect Day for It.

A little girl imagines what strange things could be inside her mother's tummy.

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Children's Literature
A little girl tries to imagine what could be inside her mother's growing tummy. She seems to sense that it is will be the end of her special relationship with her parents as an only child. Her mother assures her that "something special" is inside her tummy and the little girl conjures up pictures of a hippo that will "hog all my toys," a dinosaur who'll make lots of noise, a crocodile who will mess up all her drawings or a kangaroo who will kick her ball away. Each time her imagination runs aways with her, her mother reassures her by letting her listen to or feel the new baby inside her tummy. One night, the worried little girl is tucked into bed by her Granny with the reassurance that mummy and daddy have gone to fetch the "something special." When she visits the hospital the next day, her daddy takes her picture with her new baby brother and assures her that now they have "two something specials." The whimsical watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the varying emotions of the dubious little girl. 2000, Hyperion Books, Ages 3 to 7, $15.99. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger
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PreS-Gr 1-When a little girl asks her pregnant mother, "What do you have in there?," her response is, "A Special Something." As the child feels and listens to Mommy's tummy, she imagines what that something might be: a big, fat hippo or a hairy, naughty monkey? A wriggly crocodile or an angry kangaroo? She imagines how each of these creatures would disrupt her way of life by keeping her awake at night or messing with her possessions. Finally, when she meets her new brother in the hospital, she finds that he's nothing like she imagined. He is "safe and soft and new, and makes hardly a sound." At the end, her father takes a picture of his "two Special Somethings." The problem is that the child seems genuinely unsure about what could be inside her mother's belly. The adults do nothing to quell her fears, sending her off to bed with troubling misgivings. Plus, while the imagined misdeeds of the animals represent real concerns about having a sibling, there is no acknowledgment of this fact. While the text is unoriginal, the illustrations highlight the story's fantasy elements and add necessary humor. They are breezy and energetic with childlike details that heighten the fun. They also create credible characters, especially the father, who looks more rumpled than his wife. Readers may just accept this book as silly meanderings about the imminent birth of a baby, and the illustrations will certainly help them enjoy the experience, but it will not reassure soon-to-be siblings.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786805891
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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