Cover image for Hannah's baby sister
Hannah's baby sister
Russo, Marisabina.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
Hannah, who is sure that the new baby in her family is going to be a girl, eagerly looks forward to having a little sister.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Hannah's new sibling is due any day, and Hannah is certain it will be a baby girl. Why? Well, because Hannah already has a little brother. It's very logical, and Hannah has it all worked out. Her baby sister will be named Patsy and she will have red hair and love fudge swirl ice cream and she will be the best. . .

Marisabina Russo is right on target in this insightful picture book for the entire family about expecting, expectations, and being a wonderful big sister no matter what!

Author Notes

Marisabina Russo is a children's book author and illustrator. She has written and illustrated over twenty books for children and young adults. Her most notable books include The Line Up Book (winner of the IRA Children¿s Book Award) and Always Remember Me (an ALA Notable Book). She was born in New York, New York and graduated from Mount Holyoke College with BA in Studio Art in 1971. She began her career as a freelance illustrator. Her work appeared frequently in The New Yorker and included several covers. She then went on to illustrate a book of poetry for children, Vacation Time by Nikki Giovanni. She started publishing her own stories with Greenwillow Books in 1986. Russo¿s books come from her childhood memories and her experiences as a mother. Her illustrations, painted in gouache, are colorful and two-dimensional, reminiscent of folk art. Ms. Russo has also written young adult novels.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Hannah already has a little brother, so she tries positive thinking to ensure that the baby her mother is expecting will be a girl. She has decided in advance what her sister will look like, what they will do together, and what her first word will be ("Hannah"). The girl's parents gently warn her that she may be setting herself up for disappointment. When she learns that the baby is a boy, her dismay is realistic; however, when she gets to hold the newborn, she decides that "he's pretty cute for a baby brother." This loving family is warmly portrayed in both the text and in the cheerful, childlike paintings with Russo's signature use of flat areas of color and pattern. Hannah's own birth has been lovingly chronicled in Waiting for Hannah (Greenwillow, 1989), and her reappearance as she adjusts to her new sibling is welcome.-Pam Gosner, formerly at Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.