What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home

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Growing Up Just Got Easier...

With the help of Angus, the lovable Answer Dog, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff extends a hand to children and parents as they tackle life's first experiences together.

Congratulations! The new baby you've spent the last nine months preparing for has finally arrived. Although you may be prepared and thrilled, what about your older child? As your preschooler makes the transition from only child to older sibling, ...

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Overview

Growing Up Just Got Easier...

With the help of Angus, the lovable Answer Dog, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff extends a hand to children and parents as they tackle life's first experiences together.

Congratulations! The new baby you've spent the last nine months preparing for has finally arrived. Although you may be prepared and thrilled, what about your older child? As your preschooler makes the transition from only child to older sibling, he or she will be excited, curious, and somewhat anxious about the little bundle you've brought home. We're here to help you answer your child's questions about what new babies look like, what they do and don't do, and what having one around the house will really be like.

Have fun!

Heidi and Angus

Answers children's questions about what new babies look like, what they do and don't do, and what having one around the house will really be like.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Instead of being set up as a story in which a child experiences the various realities of having a new sibling, this book poses questions that are then answered in paragraph form. Queries range from "Why do new babies cry so much?" to "Can I play with the new baby?" The answers tell why babies are the way they are, how they create change in a household, and how one can interact successfully with them. Two small drawings appear on the left with the text; a full-page illustration appears on the right. The family friend, Angus the Answer Dog, acts as tour guide, providing plentiful commentary. A paw print highlights his simple suggestions for a new baby, such as practicing holding a doll or stuffed animal before holding the infant. Murkoff is a master at deciphering common concerns. Unfortunately, as hard as this book tries to be approachable, with different-colored typefaces, word balloons, and full-colored cartoon drawings of family scenes, the intended audience will be hard-pressed to sit still long enough to appreciate all of the lengthy yet well-intentioned advice. This book will be helpful to parents. Along with the dense introduction there is a well-balanced variety of important topics to address. Children will be better served if adults share these ideas one at a time, in their own words.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694013272
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: What to Expect Kids Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 213,816
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Heidi Murkoff is the co-author of the best-selling series that began with What to Expect When You're Expecting. She has appeared as a parenting expert on national TV, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, Good Morning America and 20/20.

Laura Rader has illustrated many popular books for children, including A Book of Hugs, A Book of Friends, and A Book of Kisses, all by Dave Ross. She is also the author and illustrator of Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? and Santa's New Suit, which Publishers Weekly called, in a starred review, a "holiday outing [with] plenty of panache." Ms. Rader lives in Southern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    Not a good book for younger children!

    This book has a great concept, but is horribly executed!!!! There are WAY TOO MANY WORDS for a toddler/pre-schooler. The book is set up in paragraph form. Good luck getting your child to sit there long enough to read the first page let alone the whole book!!! This book would probably be well suited for 5yrs and up, not 2-5yrs!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Best for older toddlers/kids

    This book was too advanced for my 19 month old, so I gave it to a friend with a 3-year old who's expecting their second child soon - much more appropriate age group for this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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