KEEP IT LIKE A SECRET by Sandol Stoddard Warburg
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KEEP IT LIKE A SECRET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is an outstanding book for the pre-schooler faced with the reality of a new baby in the family. What shall he tell the baby? Should he give it a leaf, or an apple or a bit of snow? This strange sleeping creature knows nothing of stars or thunder, of kittens or turtles, none of the joy in waking ""warm and late"" with the odors of fresh cocoa drifting through the room, of feeling blue when the tables and chairs,- even the toys- look sad. No,-baby will have to wait to learn all the wonderful things his sister/brother knows, for baby's world is sorely limited by ""rocking and still"", by ""cold and warm"", ""wet and dry"", but also happily, by ""you and I"". How perceptively the author gropes for the many phenomena that are the sum total of a three year old's experience. What simplicity the illustrator employs in visually translating that experience. It is a book to remind the child of his own importance in life, of his role in helping to display the world to baby. It is an excellent antidote to loneliness and insecurity, the bugaboos that so often creep into this situation.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1961
Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.