Will It Be a Baby Brother?

Will It Be a Baby Brother?

by Eve Bunting, Beth Spiegel
     
 


A baby is on the way. Edward's mom is having a baby and everyone is excited. There is so much to do and so many things to think about. What will the baby's name be? What will the baby wear? Most important of all—will it be a boy or a girl? Edward wants a baby brother. He waits and wonders and gets ready to fill the crib with a dump truck, wooden train, and…  See more details below

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A baby is on the way. Edward's mom is having a baby and everyone is excited. There is so much to do and so many things to think about. What will the baby's name be? What will the baby wear? Most important of all—will it be a boy or a girl? Edward wants a baby brother. He waits and wonders and gets ready to fill the crib with a dump truck, wooden train, and other toys. Then the big day comes. Will Edward's mom come home with his brother or his sister in this Society of School Librarians International Honor Book?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young Edward doesn't even want to entertain the possibility that his soon-to-arrive sibling could be anything other than a boy named James. "What if James turns out to be Sara?" asks his father. "I'll give her to Aunt Elizabeth," says Edward, not amused. Readers won't have a hard time predicting what happens, but they are unlikely to be persuaded that Edward acclimates himself to reality so quickly ("I can't help it. I bend down and kiss my little baby sister's hand, and I feel all soppy and silly"). The too-neat wrapup, as well as the patronizing attitudes of the story's grownups, are surprising coming from Bunting, who has written about sibling rivalry and shifting family dynamics so astutely before (2001's Twinnies being a shining example). Spiegel's (First Grade Stinks!) sunny watercolors, populated by a round-faced cartoon cast, are undoubtedly meant to reassure, but instead mostly dampen the emotions--good, bad, and comic--that swirl around a family on the verge of a new addition. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The young narrator is excited that a new sibling will be joining his family soon. His very pregnant mom has told him that a girl will be named Sara and a boy will be James. The youngster has decided that he wants a brother, so he refers to the expected baby as James. His mom and her friends tell him that he will be happy with either a brother or sister, but the child is not convinced. He places boy toys, including a cowboy hat, a baseball mitt, a train and a yellow dump truck in the waiting crib as he makes plans to play his favorite games with the anticipated brother. The baby arrives a few days later. She smiles at her big brother, who suddenly decides that Sara is pretty cool. She is a keeper. Colorful characters and items appear on white backgrounds keeping the action focused on the narrator's thoughts. A possible selection for sharing with a child expecting a sibling. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Edward helps choose the names of his new sibling: Sara if it's a girl, James if it's a boy. While attending his mom's baby shower, her friend asks him if he wants a brother or a sister. He tells the woman that he wants a "James." A wise mom explains, "You might only think you want a brother, but whichever it is, when you see it, you'll know this was the kind you wanted all along." He is clearly not happy with her response. He acts out at the party and later fills up the crib with his toys for James. Finally the big day arrives when his parents bring home the new baby. Pastel watercolors in light hues and pen-and-ink create delightful illustrations that deftly balance white space on each page. The facial expressions and body language, especially Edward's, gently communicate the story's emotions and blend well with the text. In the growing "new sibling" category, this title stands out. It offers a similar message to Kate Feiffer's But I Wanted a Baby Brother (S & S, 2010), but is intended for a younger audience. An excellent choice for storytime or sharing in a one-on-one setting.—Anne Beier, Clifton Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

Bunting, who's known for her ability to artfully explore troubling issues, touches here on a lighter topic. A new baby is imminent, and Edward knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he wants and will have a little brother, preferably named James. Edward watches the preparations and is not pleased that all the gifts are in non-decisive yellow or white. As his parents try to persuade him that a sister might be nice, Edward is adamant: "I'll give her to Aunt Elizabeth." Meanwhile, Edward also makes ready, and he fills the crib with toy cars and a baseball mitt. But when the baby comes home, Edward's heart melts and he can't help kissing his baby sister. The watercolor hues are baby-bunting tepid, but the lines are fluid and depict family closeness. Sweet and simple, this joins a handful of sibling-on-the-way books—including But I Wanted a Baby Brother, by Kate Feiffer and illustrated by Diane Goode (2010)—that traverse the same topic and extend, with great wit, beyond the new baby's arrival. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590784396
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
870,693
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author


Eve Bunting is the author of more than two hundred books for children, including Mouse Island, Girls A-Z, and My Red Balloon. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Beth Spiegel is the illustrator of First Grade Stinks! by Barbara Bottner and Samantha Jane's Missing Smile by Julie Kaplow and Donna Pincus. She lives in Altadena, California.

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