LAURIE'S NEW BROTHER by Miriam Schlein
Kirkus Star


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Miriam Schlein's eternally dependable sensitivity and warmth focus on a little girl's adjustment to her new baby brother while Elizabeth Donald's winning illustrations in bright color carry through in lucid visual terms. Seen entirely from Laurie's perspective, a situation which to the superficial eye can be deceptively joyous is scrutinized with all the appropriate, only-too-real reactions -- the child's strange nervousness in the beginning, her sudden gripping attachment to mother, her regressive behavior and then-through mother's responses and comprehension the child's growing understanding of her own place in the family, and the final acceptance of the baby, arrived at through a difficult but victorious struggle. The mother's attitudes and behavior provide an insightful example thus creating a two-fold purpose in an invaluable family book.

Pub Date: May 24th, 1961
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman