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Summary: A toddler's family brings home a newborn baby from the hospital. The toddler is very happy, and helps out with everything the baby needs, including bath time, nap time and nursing/lunch time. Throughout the book, the toddler is an integrated part of the family's life, and is surrounded by hugs and snuggles WITH the new baby. This board book conveys to toddlers that a new baby in the house does not mean less attention or love for him, but MORE.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 7
Interest Level: 2 to 5
Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My 4-year old loved this book. This surprised me, since we are not expecting a baby, so he could not directly relate to the process. My preschooler loved flipping through the pages on his own without the words or any familiar context.
Adult Reader Reaction: Having been through the process of bringing in a new baby several times, I thought this book was appropriate for soothing the anxiety of an established toddler. The illustrations are colorful and attractive. The themes express love and togetherness and "big brother/sister-ness" on the part of the toddler.
Pros: Wonderful, loving feelings exude from the pages.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. I would recommend this book for families who are expecting a second (or third or more...) child. This would work well throughout the pregnancy to prepare the toddler / preschooler for what is to come, and follow it through until after the baby comes home, to reinforce what is happening at home.
Educational Themes: Growing up (for toddlers and preschoolers) and being a big brother / big sister to a newborn baby.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.