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Hi, new baby!
Harris, Robie H.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
A father recalls his young daughter's first reactions to her new baby brother.
Reading Level:
AD 140 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 44752.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 22944 Guided reading level: L.
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How does it feel to have a brand-new baby in the family, especially if you are still very young yourself? With enormous warmth and empathy, Hi New Baby assures all of us that older siblings are still loved and cherished, and always will be. Full color.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. The glorious team responsible for It's So Amazing! (1999) and Happy Birth Day! (1996) has created a tender, real story of a little girl's first meeting with her new baby brother. Dad tells what happened, relating it as if he were recounting a favorite family story. He gently reminds his daughter that she didn't like the baby's cries or when he peed and spat up and that she tried to take his little cap and be the baby again. Through it all, parents and grandparents are seen as calm and reassuring. They tell her that she is a big sister, and big sisters are big enough to hold the baby. When she finally does, he falls asleep. Emberley's realistic oil-pastel pictures are utterly wonderful. A slightly balding dad, a round-faced mom, the little girl, the baby, and the grandparents are seen mostly in tight close-ups, a genuine kid's eye view: Mom nurses while she munches a pickle; the grandparents change the drooling infant. The emotions on the faces, from bemusement to fear to anger to delight, are rendered with pitch-perfect precision. Pair this with Kevin Henkes' Julius, the Baby of the World (1990) for a siblingfest of reassurance and joy. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

"The family first introduced in Happy Birth Day! returns for a sensitive and visually sumptuous portrayal of a domestic milestone: the arrival of a second child," said PW in a starred review. Ages 2-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Another book that examines the emotional turmoil of an older sibling when a new baby is brought into the family. A father reminisces about his daughter's struggle to accept her new brother. He spits, cries, pees in a diaper, and doesn't have any teeth. Finally, after a stream of whining, the girl claims, "I'm way bigger than he is!" and is then told, "You're even big enough to hold the baby." As she rocks him to sleep, she kisses him and finally drifts off as well; the siblings are a harmonious pair at last. The stiff narration is at times awkward with a confusing jumble of pronouns: "`Here's my baby!' you told Mommy, as you held up your furry stuffed bear. `I like your furry baby!' she said. `Do you like your baby?' you asked. `We love the new baby,' she said." However, the large, close-up illustrations are warm, soft, and loving. They display the child's skepticism as well as her need to continue to be the center of attention. It is the overriding calmness of the oil-pastel double-page spreads that makes the mundane text that much more jarring. Though this book has a lot going for it (the child's connection to her father, his sense of love for her even as she struggles, the illustrations with their heartfelt intimacy), it is ultimately disappointing.- 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.

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