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YOU'RE GETTING A BABY SISTER! by Sheila Sweeny Higginson Kirkus Star


by Sheila Sweeny Higginson & illustrated by Sam Williams

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4424-2050-2
Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

There's a lot to celebrate (and dread) when a baby sister arrives.

The book opens with upbeat anticipation, but quickly enough the mood shifts as two children stare out at the audience with solemn expressions. “But before you start cheering, / there are a few things you should know.” In a realistically tender and humorous review, these seasoned older siblings explain that babies cause quite a stink. Little sisters force the formerly only (now older) youngsters to share both physical possessions and parents' time. Rhymes dryly capture the lows. “She might pull your hair. / She'll do things that seem mean.” A knowing voice encourages readers to take on the role of teacher and protector for their new sisters. Thin, vulnerable lines focus on expression and interaction against white backgrounds. A spot for photos and notes encourages record-keeping. You're Getting a Baby Brother delivers the same cautious congratulations and refreshing insight. (There's nothing, alas, for those old-fashioned families who want to preserve the mystery of their baby’s sex.)

Nicely explores little ones' excited anticipation and justified reservations about the newest additions to their families. (Board book. 2-4)