Where Did That Baby Come From?

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Where did that baby come from?

From the creator of the beloved No Matter What, this exuberant take on the chaos surrounding the arrival of a new baby is sure to be a welcome addition to the lives of bewildered older siblings everywhere.

A creature wonders where his strange younger sibling came from--a squeaking, leaking baby that should surely be set free.

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Overview

Where did that baby come from?

From the creator of the beloved No Matter What, this exuberant take on the chaos surrounding the arrival of a new baby is sure to be a welcome addition to the lives of bewildered older siblings everywhere.

A creature wonders where his strange younger sibling came from--a squeaking, leaking baby that should surely be set free.

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PreS-Gr 3-Replete with boisterous and colorful illustrations of a loving, though slightly disheveled tiger family, this is a rhyming tale of a confused child's initial aversion to and eventual acceptance of the newcomer. Upon the arrival of a new sibling that seems only to leak and squeak, a young tiger asks reasonably, "Where did that baby come from?/And can we take it back?" Curious about the infant's origins, the young feline wonders if the pest came from a store, was sprouted out of a seed, got picked up by mistake at the zoo, etc. Perhaps it came from outer space. The infant is shown on a full spread, wailing alone on a distant planet. This image apparently causes a change of heart as the older sibling becomes a concerned caregiver. "Oh, baby, please don't weep./I'll keep you warm, and safe from harm,/and help you fall asleep." While some of the illustrations are nearly overwhelming with busy scenes and borders, they reflect the chaos of the familial situation. Although there are a number of books about new siblings, this funny and rhythmic perspective is worth a look.-Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Echoing the plaint of many an older sibling, a young versifier-cast as a member of an affectionate family of tiger-striped cats in often rumpled human dress-wonders, "Where did that baby come from? / And can we take it back?" The first query sparks an extended riff: Did the child fall from the sky? Sprout from a seed? Come from a kit? ("All it can do is pee and poo / Is there a missing bit?") A zoo? A grocery store? Outer space? Depicting each alternative in cozily jumbled, hilarious close-ups, Gliori has the kitten floating amid wind-swept leaves, for instance, budding with irresistible cuteness on a vine, or sitting on a shelf next to a sign offering "free-range babies." After smiles give way to tears and then, with a bit of cuddling, smiles again, harmony reigns: "I think our baby comes from the place I come from, too. / Our place of birth was planet Earth-this baby, me . . . and you." Animated by themes of love and acceptance, this makes a perfect lead-in to Robie Harris's more specific answer in Happy Birth Day (1996). (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152053734
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.16 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

DEBI GLIORI has illustrated many beloved picture books, including Joyce Dunbar's Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep and Tell Me What It's Like to Be Big, along with her own No Matter What and Penguin Post. She lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    Perfect!

    I bought this for a granddaughter who has a new baby brother and her parents love it as much as she does! Tickles your funny bone and tugs at your heartstrings all at the same time! I plan to give it again and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    THE BEST OF THE BEST!

    We have been looking for books for our very young son about becoming a big brother. We found this book yesterday and LOVE IT! If you want a hilariously honest young child's perspective on a new baby in the house, THIS IS THE BOOK!

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