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VERA’S BABY SISTER by Vera Rosenberry

VERA’S BABY SISTER

By Vera Rosenberry (Author) , Vera Rosenberry (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8050-7126-1
Publisher: Henry Holt

Rosenberry sorts out sibling rivalry with her usual straightforward approach to challenging childhood milestones. Vera’s parents, busy with new baby Ruthie, don’t seem to notice Vera’s feelings of being overlooked and displaced (or maybe they’re just ignoring her in hopes that she’ll come around). Vera’s grandfather, however, sees her distress and offers a simple solution—some time spent together working in the garden and, eventually, a lovely tent of green beans into which Vera can retreat to find peace and quiet. Soothed by time, Vera’s feelings about her noisy and noisome baby sister grow and change, too, allowing the book to end on a positive note. Rosenberry’s familiar, somewhat stylized, gouache paintings show a decidedly old-fashioned world that will none-the-less ring true with contemporary kids. Whether with fans of Vera’s previous appearances or listeners who are adjusting to new siblings themselves, this gentle adventure should find a warm welcome. (Picture book. 4-7)