I Can't Talk Yet, but When I Do...

I Can't Talk Yet, but When I Do...


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Everyone knows babies can't talk, but if they could, they'd have a lot to thank their older siblings for -- whether it's giving them extra licks of an ice cream cone, teaching them songs to sing, or not letting them put sand in their mouths. This big thank-you of a book is sure to add an extra layer of appreciation to any sibling relationship. Julie Markes's sweet text and Laura Rader's humorous illustrations will delight the entire family.

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ISBN-13: 9780060099213
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 9.73(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 1 - 5 Years

About the Author

Julie Markes lives with her husband, Eric Schine, and their two sons, Charlie and Nicholas, in Brooklyn, New York. Her books include Thanks For Thanksgiving; I Can't Talk Yet, But When I Do ...; Good Thing You're Not An Octopus!; Sidewalk 123; and Sidewalk.

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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I Can't Talk Yet, but When I Do... 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The narrator is a baby mouse who can not talk yet. He thinks of what he would tell his sister if he could talk. A very warm and loving read aloud book with great illustrations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Told from the perspective of a baby, this ode to older siblings is a great antidote for the older sibling who is feeling neglected or otherwise having difficulty adjusting to their younger sibling(s). For the younger sibling, it also reinforces the value and benefits of the attention and love provided by an older sibling(s). Here, a pre-verbal young mouse ¿talks¿ to herself about all of the things she wants to say to her sister when she learns to speak understandable sentences. Pictures show the older sister patiently, sometimes reluctantly, helping her younger sister in a number of ways while the younger one ¿talks¿ about them gratefully. This includes the older sister feeding the younger one, sharing toys and treats, entertaining and playing with her, helping her learn to walk and sing songs and protecting her. The younger sister wants to more than merely thank her sister for all these things. She also plans to apologize to her for all of the mischief and trouble the she has caused her. Again, these misadventures are shown in accompanying illustrations. Told in very sparse text set against simple, comical illustrations, the pages leave lots of blank space for resting young eyes. Recommended for all children aged 2 to 6 and highly recommended for those with younger siblings.