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JUST LIKE ME by Marjorie Newman


by Marjorie Newman & illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8027-8080-6
Publisher: Walker

Feelings of possessiveness and jealousy emerge when Tom gets a new baby brother. Even before the baby is born, Tom asserts his place: “That’s my crib!” His parents suggest ways for him to participate in caring for the baby, but Tom will have none of it. In a final fit of jealousy, he throws the baby’s towel, climbs into “his” crib and sobs, “I want my mom!” Mom and Dad then sit down with Tom and the photo album. Tom learns that he used to be just like the baby, and soon, the baby will be just like him and not need so much time and attention. This solution is successful, and Tom is rather philosophical at bedtime. “He liked his new toys, but he loved his old teddy bear the most because he had come first and would always be special.” Visible brush strokes and the texture of the underlying canvas add to the tone of Wilson-Max’s boldly-colored illustrations, in which body language speaks louder than facial expression. A positive suggestion for parents hoping to alleviate new-sibling-itis. (Picture book. 3-8)