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Angel baby
Cummings, Pat.
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Publication Information:
New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
In her mother's eyes, Amanda Lynne's baby brother is a perfect angel, but to Amanda the baby doesn't always seem so angelic.
Reading Level:
120 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.5 0.5 40993.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 22842 Guided reading level: K.

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"Amanda Lynne," said her mother,"Come help me feed your baby brother.Grab that towel and Mr. Bear.Oops! There's oatmeal in his hair.Wipe off his face. Now look, you seeWhat an angel he can be"

In Mother's eyes, Amanda Lynne's little brother is a perfect angel, but Amanda is not so sure. From her point of view, the baby is quite a handful, and always on her hands.

With humor and love, Pat Cummings guides us through a busy day for a baby and his big sister. Her confetti-bright illustrations and romping rhymes are a heavenly combination, sure to brighten every little angel's story time.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Amanda Lynn has her hands full with her baby brother. Her mother thinks Baby's a little angel, but Amanda's the one who cleans the oatmeal from his hair, and watches him chase cats, splash water in the tub, and squirm at bedtime. Cummings captures the lot of the older sister in a readable rhyme, while her artwork shows the mischievousness of the little "angel." There might be an audience problem here; children old enough to really appreciate the responsibility of being an older sibling may be a little old for the picture book. The artwork, however, will keep children of all ages enthralled. The two-page spreads are brightly colored and full of nuance. Amanda Lynn is featured with that quintessential big-sister look, a cross between affection and exasperation. Baby, on the other hand, is giggly and silly, and so adorable you want to wrap your arms around him--though it's doubtful you would feel wings. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite the proclamations of their mother, Amanda Lynne's baby brother is hardly an "angel." Cummings (Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!) makes this irony perfectly clear in her large-scale, brightly hued art, rendered in gouache, watercolor and colored pencil. Food and juice fly off the boy's high-chair tray, a houseplant and a bowl of cat food tumble over as he careens past them, and waves of water spill from his bath. These playful images contradict rhymed couplets in which the mother gives her daughter directions in overseeing his care. "Amanda Lynne, let's get him dressed./ Shoes and socks and all the rest./ Be gentle, hold him carefully./ What an angel he can be!" reads the text as the accompanying illustration shows the boy resisting his sister's help and taunting the cat with his shoestring. The spreads also convey subtler signs of his misdeeds: the cat is tangled in a garden hose that moments before had been coiled neatly in the grass; there are telltale handprints on this same pet long after paint has been washed off the child's hands. Though both the rhythm and rhyme scheme are at times strained, readers will be pleasantly distracted by the goings-on in the pictures. Those who have rolled their eyes while listening to a parent's praise of a less-than-saintly younger sibling will appreciate the humor of this light tale. Ages 3-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-In this delightful romp told in rhyme, Cummings shows a day in the life of Amanda Lynne and her very active baby brother. No matter what the toddler does, Mother finds him perfect, as evidenced by her often repeated line, "What an angel he can be." Only his big sister's quick responses save him and the long-suffering family cat from disaster after disaster. Vibrant, full-page expressive illustrations show a loving African-American family living in a cozy home filled with children's clutter. This entertaining read-aloud could be paired with Pat Hutchins's Where's the Baby? (Greenwillow, 1988), which features another less-than-angelic baby brother.-Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.