Welcome to Your World, Baby
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Welcome to Your World, Baby

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by Brooke Shields, Cori Doerrfeld
     
 

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Becoming a big sister is a big event! There's so much to share—and do—and celebrate!

Beloved actress, author, and mother Brooke Shields paints a warm and loving picture of the joys of sisterhood in this merry book with exuberant artwork by the talented Cori Doerrfeld.

Overview

Becoming a big sister is a big event! There's so much to share—and do—and celebrate!

Beloved actress, author, and mother Brooke Shields paints a warm and loving picture of the joys of sisterhood in this merry book with exuberant artwork by the talented Cori Doerrfeld.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What does it feel like to be a big sister? Parents who are soon to bring home a second bundle of joy will find Brooke Shield's book to be the perfect gift for the big-sister-to-be. The book begins with the words, "Welcome home, baby! Welcome to your world." The big sister in this book is delighted to decorate her little sister's room, help with baths, and even lend her favorite teddy bear to baby sister. Big Sister imagines that they will play dress-up, put on a play, hold tea parties, and plan super secret sleepovers together. Someday, they will even play outside in the snow together, collecting memories more precious than snowflakes. They will become the best of friends—and enjoy a lifetime of adventures together. Young readers will enjoy the delightful illustrations and storyline, while parents will find this selection to be a wonderful introduction to big sisterhood. In her children's literature debut, Brooke Shields is once again a stunning success, harvesting the fruits of her recent life events to produce a fun and charming book. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

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This sanitized description of being a big sister is well-meaning, but lacks tension and story. A girl goes through a laundry list of things that she can and will do with her new baby sister, and ends with, "We can even share cuddling with Mom./I love being your big sister!" Everything is positive, and lines like "...you smell so sweet-/especially your feet./I almost want to eat them, /but that would be silly!" have a distinctly adult sensibility to them. The illustrations are pleasant enough, with two cartoonish pixies with small blue eyes, oversize heads, and thin frames traipsing through the primarily pink-hued pages. Those who want a more balanced story may find Robie Harris's Hi New Baby! (Candlewick, 2000), Sally Lloyd Jones's How to Be a Baby-By Me, the Big Sister (Random, 2007), Jean Van Leeuwen's Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah (Dial, 2006), and Kevin Henkes's Julius, the Baby of the World (HarperCollins, 1990) to be more effective.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Celeb-cum-mom-cum-children's author Shields offers up to shelves glutted with new-sibling celebrations a relentlessly cheery big sister's promises of happy times together. "Now that you are here, we can have tea parties . . . / and super secret sleepovers." Doerrfeld's retro pastel illustrations feature two button-nosed tykes, the younger aging over the course of the book from infancy to preschool-age, although this progression is uneven, and her older sister doesn't seem to grow at all. Of greater moment than this quibble, however, is the almost total lack of nuance in the presentation: It's the (literally) rosy-hued projection of an idealized relationship rather than an honest acknowledgment of the snarl of emotions that wraps around siblings in real life. This will almost certainly sell like proverbial hotcakes thanks to its author's marquee value; thank goodness new siblings and their parents have such emotionally truthful works as the classic Peter's Chair (Keats, 1967) and Julius, the Baby of the World (Henkes, 1990) and the new Robie H. Harris-Michael Emberley collaboration, Mail Harry to the Moon (2008), waiting when reality sinks in. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061253119
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/24/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Brooke Shields began modeling and acting during childhood and went on to star in film, on television, and on Broadway. She graduated with honors from Princeton University and is the author of a memoir, the New York Times bestselling Down Came the Rain, and a picture book, Welcome to Your World, Baby, also illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld. Brooke lives with her husband, writer/producer Chris Henchy, and their daughters, Rowan and Grier, in Los Angeles.

Cori Doerrfeld grew up drawing and dreaming of becoming an artist. Cori lives with her husband, Tyler Page, and their daughter, Charli, in Minneapolis.

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Welcome to Your World, Baby 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a great story with awesome illustrations to match. Good story about sisters and the transition to sisterhood.
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MrsAlly More than 1 year ago
My 2.5 year old just became a big sister and we picked up this book. You would think it was written for our family as she completely identified with all the things she wants to do with her little sister! The illustrations are great too as our 4 month old baby enjoys looking at them and hearing the story. This book will last us many years! We look forward to Brooke coming out with more children's books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good way to aproach having a new sibbling but the illustations are outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brooke Shields has brought her world (and the world of her children) to life in this book. Hurray for all you big sisters out there. Great book of family love and support.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Your World, Baby is great! The illustrations really made the book for us. It generated much positive conversation with regard to feelings about 'little sisters' in our family.