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ANGEL BABY by Pat Cummings


by Pat Cummings & illustrated by Pat Cummings

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: May 31st, 2000
ISBN: 0-688-14821-2
Publisher: HarperCollins

Cummings (My Aunt Came Back, 1998, etc.) provides another glimpse of real life in this exuberant family story. Mother needs big sister, Amanda Lynne, to help with her toddler brother, so under mother’s watchful eye, Amanda Lynne spends the day baby-sitting. Eating, dressing, playing outdoors, bathing, and getting ready for bed—all the normal activities of a baby’s day—are humorously detailed in rhyme and illustration. The day ends with a quiet, bedtime scene—Amanda reading to baby; pussycat curled up in the bed; baby almost ready to sleep. And fun begins again the next morning. Mother’s refrain is “what an angel he can be,” but the illustrations show Amanda Lynne’s many frustrations with her active, not so angelic, little sibling. Each double-page spread is an amusing scene of Amanda and the baby, their toy-filled home and back yard. Mother is never seen in the pictures, but Cummings shows her hands or a bit of her face and the reader has the sense of a loving presence. Amanda’s expressive face reflects all the feelings of a nine- or ten-year-old when faced with a day spent with a baby who gets into everything, makes a mess, and chases the cat. The family’s pet cat, which appears in every scene, often echoes Amanda’s feelings with the most expressive feline eyes. Older siblings will really appreciate this one. (Picture book. 4-8)