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Hello baby!
Rockwell, Lizzy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
A young boy describes how a new baby is growing inside his mommy and tells what it is like when his new sister comes home from the hospital.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 34593.

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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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A small boy feels the baby kick inside his mother's tummy, hears the baby's heartbeat during a visit to the doctor, and finally gets to say hello in person after the baby is born. Narrating the story himself, the boy shares what fascinates him: how the baby grows inside the womb, unpacking his old baby clothes, and hearing about the day he was born. When the baby arrives home at last, the boy tells how she eats and sleeps and cries, and how it takes a mother, a father,anda new big brother to make this baby feel at home. Told in simple words and charming pictures, this book lets children know just what to expect when Mom's expecting.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2-5. With a combination of physiological fact and warm family scenarios, a preschooler tells how he prepares for the arrival of his new baby sibling. He listens to the unborn baby's movements "in Mommy's body in a place called the womb." When he goes with Mommy to the doctor, they listen to the heartbeat; and a double-page spread of small anatomical diagrams on a chart in the doctor's office shows the stages of how a baby grows before birth. At home, he and his parents prepare for the baby's arrival; and when his mother goes to the hospital, his grandmother tells him stories of when he was born. Finally, the baby comes home, and guess who gets her to stop crying? The small diagrams of the tiny fetus will be beyond most young preschoolers, but some parents will welcome the chance to include the fascinating biology as well as the usual reassuring message. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)051780011XHazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

A preschool-age boy actively helps to prepare for the homecoming of his new sister in Rockwell's (Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition) reassuring account. The young narrator shares with the reader an upbeat version of what to expect, starting with accompanying Mommy to an obstetrical appointment and ending with the boy's success at distracting the crying newborn with a musical toy. Along the way, stylized but essentially realistic illustrations show calm, smiling characters: white-haired Grannie, phone held to her ear, reports news of the birth to the beaming narrator; parents, boy and newborn snuggle in the hospital bed. Rockwell integrates a factual approach (there is a gestation-period chart) and a down-home quality (the boy compares his belly button with the baby's umbilical scab and later reports that the baby "sounds like a cat when she cries"). Emphasis and proportion accurately reflect a happy child's point of view. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1From a chart on how a baby grows in utero to the end of her first day home, this book covers the entire birthing process as described by an older brother. The opening pages present information about the fetus, while the middle section shows the family getting ready and the boy and his grandmother waiting anxiously for the big moment. Rather than delve into the boys emotional responses to having a new sibling, the book objectively presents intimate images and experiences: the baby inside the womb (shown in mothers tummy and in a full-page close-up), the mother nursing her, the boy and his dad carefully sponging around the umbilical cord scab. There is comfort in the honesty and straightforward familiarity of the text, which is supported by soft colored-pencil drawings. At times the boy looks flat on the page, and his teardrop eyes and round head are more cartoonlike than realistic. However, when Eliza hits the scene the artwork really shines, as Rockwell captures both the skinny helplessness and surprising individuality of a newborn. Readers who have already welcomed a new baby into their home will enjoy remembering the events portrayed here while future siblings will gain insight into whats in store for them.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.