The photos that fill Rosenberg's book explain childbirth and the hospital in a way that's child-friendly. The book accomplishes the two goals that the author states in the foreword: acquainting children with the maternity floor, and reassuring children that they'll be well taken care of when their mothers are away. With simple text and lots of color pictures, the author explains how a mother will need rest, how to behave in a hospital, the appearance of the "funny little thing sticking out of the baby's bell button" called the umbilical cord, how to hold a new baby, and even the fun of lowering and raising the hospital bed.
PreS-KMany expecting parents will applaud the arrival of this addition to the existing body of literature. Unique in its focus on young children's separation from their mothers who are about to give birth, it depicts a traditional birth experience in terms of being hospital centered with newborns kept mainly in a nursery. While Rosenberg doesn't indicate the length of the mother's hospital stay, she reassures youngsters with promises of phone calls and a visit. Full-color photographs of several families and babies appear throughout, and the tone is generally upbeat and positive. The use of dialogue helps children imagine what it will be like to see their mothers in the hospital. Information is included about how infants look and act, and how older siblings can help with their care. For parents who expect only a minimal hospital stay or choose to give birth at a birthing center, at home, or in another nonmedical environment, this book will be less useful but not without merit in preparing preschoolers for the experience.Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
A book for expectant siblings that helps take the mystery and anxiety out of mother's absence when a new baby is born. Many other fine books explain the mechanics of gestation and childbirth; this one briefly explains hospital routines after birth and emphasizes the positive features of the separation: keeping in touch by telephone, visiting the mother's hospital room, seeing the babies in the nursery, and maybe even holding the newborn sibling. The text is addressed directly to young readers, with plenty of full- color photos showing several different happy familiessome with fathers presentat a busy urban hospital. The use of color photos is a happy choice for this upbeat subject, but several of the scenes are blurred, rendering some of the participants slightly fuzzy.