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A baby's coming to your house!
Thomas, Shelley Moore.
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Publication Information:
Morton Grove, Ill. : A. Whitman, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 83127.
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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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Get ready--a new baby is coming to your house, and there are going to be lots of changes. Mommy's stomach will get bigger, and there won't be as much room for you on her lap. But you can pat her tummy and feel when it moves in funny ways. The baby will sleep most of the time, and your mommy may tell you "Shhhh." Sometimes the baby will cry--loudly. That's just the way it says "Feed me!" or "Hold me!" or "Change my diaper." As a big brother or sister, you can help with many things and have fun teaching the baby everything you know.

Author Notes

Shelley Moore Thomas teaches first and second grade in New Mexico where she is also a storyteller known locally as "the Story Queen." She lives in New Mexico with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs. Eric Futran is a well-known culinary photographer and has photographed kids for several children's books. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. They're black, Asian, Hispanic, white: children of different backgrounds with something in common--a baby is coming to their house. Speaking right to young siblings-to-be and using a comforting refrain ("When a baby comes to your house . . ."), Thomas talks honestly about the changes that are likely to take place--from the appearance of high chairs and messy diapers to sometimes crabby parents and less attention for older siblings. But the writer also offers plenty of reassurance: she tells kids that big brothers and sisters make wonderful teachers for little babies, and though there may no longer be room on Mommy's or Daddy's lap, there's still plenty of room in their arms. Futran's photos are great--affectionate, mostly natural, often funny family pictures with the warmth of a photo album. --Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In a matter-of-fact tone, this tell-it-like-it-is text speaks directly to prospective older siblings. The information imparted is not technical, as in how a baby develops in the womb, and it does not dwell on the conflicting emotions that will be experienced once that new baby arrives. Instead, the focus is on what to expect. Readers will find out about the noises baby makes, and the need for quiet time. They'll be warned to stay clear during a diaper changing and be reassured that their parents will always have time for them. "When baby comes to your house" is an oft-repeated phrase that lends a calm regularity to the text, which is enhanced by humor and a poignant sense of reality. Thomas touches on alternate possibilities to the norm such as a home birth, adoption, or multiple new siblings while the photographs are a study in diversity and inclusiveness. While the pictures are sweet, they are not idealized. They present a wide array of emotions while showing real families during typical situations. The layout is attractive, allowing for a clean, boxy presentation of the text and a multitude of dynamic pictures. The narrative appears against bright, different-colored panels that change in size and placement on the page. This book will serve as a great springboard for a discussion of a child's individualized concern about what it means to be an older sibling.-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.