Big brothers and sisters seeking reassurance will appreciate Baby on the Way by noted adult authors Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears (The Baby Book; The Pregnancy Book) as well as Christie Watts Kelly, illus. by Ren?e Andriani. Physical and emotional realities of pregnancy are likened to things a child can understand. Morning sickness, the authors explain, is similar to "the way your tummy feels yucky when you eat three slices of birthday cake and ice cream." Sidebars throughout suggest things siblings can do to prepare for baby's arrival, such as visiting the doctor with their mother, or asking her "what it felt like when you were growing inside her." An endnote offers tips to parents and suggests additional resources. What Baby Needs, from the same team, helps siblings adjust to having the new baby in the house. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Older children who are waiting for mommy to have a new baby will appreciate the honesty and warmth in this pregnancy picture book by the renowned authors, the Sears. Married with eight children and experts in the child-birthing field, they describe ways that older siblings can prepare for the birth of their new family member. Positive and uplifting illustrations depict the many feelings moms go through while pregnant. Along with these depictions are suggestions about how children can help out their mom during such times. Sidebars include additional ideas for things children can do to prepare for their new sibling, along with answers to often-asked questions, such as how does the baby get out and why is he so wrinkly. In the beginning of the book there are notes for parents explaining how they might use the book with their children and suggestions about including the children in the birthing process. The end of the book explains the basic components of the authors' parenting philosophy (an attachment) along with a list of resources including Internet sites, books and pregnancy organizations. This is a wonderful and informative addition to any family, school or public library collection. 2001, Little Brown, $13.20. Ages 2 to 9. Reviewer:Melissa A. Caudill
PreS-Gr 2-Appealing picture books written by attachment-parenting advocates. In the first title, the anticipation of a baby is shown as an opportunity for family members to love and support one another. The text, addressed to an older sibling, describes both the changes that the family prepares for and the ways that the baby, growing inside the mother's uterus, might make her feel: hungry, thirsty, and tired. Older brothers and sisters are encouraged to see themselves as competent to contribute at this time. What Baby Needs is a warm look at how life in the family changes to accommodate the needs of a newborn, and the care an infant requires. Both texts are prefaced by notes for adults on what kind of information and experiences might be helpful or appropriate to share with a child. In addition, sets of text bars throughout give parents and youngsters the opportunity to talk more about the issues raised by the simpler text of the books. In each book, the lighthearted, full-color cartoons bring some welcome new images to baby books: breastfeeding, babywearing (including both a dad and a mom with an infant in a baby sling), and the newborn snoozing near the parents' bed in an adjacent co-sleeper. Final pages in both volumes provide interested adults with notes on attachment parenting, including its key components (birth bonding, breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, and belief in the language value of a baby's cry).-Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
TLC is the main ingredient in this first of a series for children by these leading husband-and-wife experts on parenting. With help from Christie Watts Kelly (New Families, New Finances: Money Skills for Today's Nontraditional Families, 1998, etc.), the Sears Children's Library begins with the preparations necessary when a family is expecting its newest member. Older siblings are taught about the developing baby and included in what their mother is experiencing. As her body changes from day to day, the children are given examples of when they may have had similar feelings of physical discomfort. Suggestions for further involvement include ideas for how the children can help around the house and welcome the new baby. Preceding the story are tips for parents to encourage family bonding during the pregnancy, and a resource box following the story teaches expectant moms and dads about "attachment parenting." Factual information boxes throughout the pages include answers to children's more advanced questions, allowing parents to modify the story as a child ages. Andriani's (Annabel the Actress Starring in Gorilla My Dreams, 1999, etc.) illustrations come alive with even brush strokes of vivid watercolor. The light and dark shades display subtle transitions that easily reveal depth and shadow. Black sketched outlines lend excellent detail to the artwork. At a time when an older sibling's self-assurance may become challenged, the importance of honesty, tenderness, and inclusion are evident and appreciated. (Picture book. 3-7)