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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: A Mommy is pregnant and is going to have a baby. The little boy, in anticipation of a new baby in the house, helps mommy and daddy prepare for the new arrival. They go to the doctor's, buy clothes, and so on. Ends with the arrival of the baby in the hospital. This board book is for about-to-be big sisters and brothers.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My 3 year old son loved this book. He has a younger brother (age 20 months), and I am not pregnant, but my son was still infatuated with this book. I don't know why, perhaps he loved seeing how much time the little boy spent with his Mommy. The pictures were bright and colorful, and it was obvious that Mommy really depends on her child. He picked this book several times.
Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the book was fun but I really didn't like the text. It was awkward and did not stimulate conversation. It asked questions that the little boy would be asking his mommy, but that had no way of being answered from the pictures: "Will is be a boy or a girl?" "Will it have my hair?" So, I just ignored the text and opened the discussion with my child. I was surprised that my son, with no relevant activities between his life and the book's subject, enjoyed the book as much as he did. However, I loved sitting and reading it with him, so there's not much to complain about, I guess!
Pros: Fun pictures give this a safe way to open up dialog about what can be an anxious time for a child -- the "threat" of a new sibling.
Cons: The text was awkward.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Great to have around or carry in your purse for waiting room time at the doctor's office. You might find this to be a favorite book, even after the baby is born.
Educational Themes: This simple book creates ways to talk with your children about a new sibling, and it also shows how helpful they can be.
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.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family