The Baby House

The Baby House

by Norma Simon, Barbara Samuels
     
 

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Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
This is a sweet book about three mothers, three fathers, and a little girl, who all live in a baby house. First Louise, the cat, has kittens. Then Lassie, the dog, has puppies. Then the little girl's mom has a baby. For each birth, we share the little girl's excitement about the impending birth, we watch as she works with her father to prepare the house for the new arrival(s), we count the newborns, and we see the love that flows to them. By the story's end, there are twelve babies in the house-each one adores the little girl and she adores each one. And we learn just what goes on in baby houses-the babies are fed, the babies are kissed, and the babies are loved. With fun, full-page color illustrations, this book is heart-warming for baby-lovers of all ages.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Newly illustrated by Samuels, this story first appeared in 1955 (Lippincott; o.p.). Three mothers-a cat, a dog, and the child narrator's mother-each give birth: the cat to a litter of four, the dog to a litter of seven, and the girl's mother to a baby boy. While only the females feed the babies, the fathers, both animal and human, are always on the scene and enjoy the newborns. The recurrent story pattern; simple, repetitive text in large print; and ample white space make this a good choice for very young readers and a fine read aloud. The lively cartoon watercolor illustrations, rendered in a bright palette and simple lines, aptly convey the chaos of a house full of babies. Use this with Tom Birdseye's Waiting for Baby (Holiday, 1991) for a celebration of eagerly awaited infants.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
Leone McDermott
A little girl lives in a house with three sets of parents-to-be: two cats, two dogs, and her own mother and father. Everyone in the house wants and waits for babies. First, the mother cat grows rounder and rounder, while the little girl and her father make a bed for kittens. When the kittens arrive, they are loved and fed and cared for. The same thing happens with the puppies and, finally, with the girl's new baby brother. This repetition of happy events provides reassurance that a new birth is natural and welcome for all. Bright watercolor illustrations show the house cheerfully filling up, and endpapers depict each kind of baby eating, sleeping, and playing. Parents will find this a good introduction to the prospect of a new sibling.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671870447
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.29(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 Years

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