A family of three children being cared for by an older woman, most likely their grandmother, is adorning their home in preparation for the arrival of their newest family member, a baby girl. But how should the formerly youngest child, a boy of three, feel? While this is a joyful occasion, can it not also be threatening to the younger child? It can and often is, but not when that child is included in drawing the welcoming signs that he is placing on the home’s walls, just as his older siblings are doing. Instead of being fearful of being replaced, he has made the jump to being an older sibling in the family who will be asked to help take care of the newcomer, an adorable pink-clad baby girl (but who seems to be asleep almost all the time). The message is clear and exciting. It even explains those ferocious crying sounds made by such a tiny baby. The book is beautifully illustrated with colors of teal, pink, lavender, and blue, and it is peopled by cheerful characters. This is a wonderful book for families to share with young children, especially if they are expecting an addition to the family.
A Baby of Our Own
Marcia W. Posner, Ph.D., of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, is the library and program director. An author and playwright herself, she loves reviewing for JBW and reading all the other reviews and articles in this marvelous periodical.
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