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Baby for sale
Koller, Jackie French.
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Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 25 cm
When Peter feels he cannot put up with his baby sister Emily any longer, he puts her in his wagon and goes around the block to see if any of the neighbors want to buy her.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 69131.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Baby For Sale is a Marshall Cavendish publication.

Author Notes

Jackie French Koller is a prolific children's author.

Jackie's first book, Impy for Always, was published in 1989. She's gone on to write over 30 other books including The Keepers and Dragonling Series.

Koller's books have received numerous awards and accolades - among them ALA Notable Book and IRA Teachers' Choice.

Jackie lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and when she's not writing she enjoys painting, reading, hiking, making gingerbread houses, and playing with her grandchildren.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Older siblings will relate to Peter, the comical rabbit boy in this story, who feels he has no choice but to sell off his baby sister after she throws his new baseball cap in the toilet. He plops her into the wagon and starts through the neighborhood shouting, "Baby for sale!" As Peter tries to convince the neighbors of Emily's merits, she is busy being her usual mischievous self, upstaging him at every turn and innocently thwarting his every effort to make her look lovable. In the end he realizes just how much he cares for her when she toddles off toward the street and is very nearly hit by a car while he is trying to convince Mrs. Chang to buy her. Pedersen's humorous watercolor illustrations depict Emily in all her naughty glory, while Peter's increasing frustrations are apparent in his facial expressions and body language. Pair this with Kevin Henkes' hilarious tale Julius, the Baby of the World (1990) about a mouse girl who discovers she really loves the new baby brother she thought she hated. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

When his one-year-old sister throws his favorite baseball cap in the toilet, it's the last straw for Peter the rabbit, and he decides to put Emily up for sale. But nobody needs a baby, even though he keeps changing his sales pitch. "Her skin is soft as a rose," he tells Mrs. LaPlante the gardener. "When you tickle her tummy, she makes a happy sound," he tells Mr. Diaz the antique dealer. But when Emily toddles toward an oncoming car, Peter has a revelation: she needs him. The volume is heavy on text, but Koller (Someday) characterizes Peter as an earnest, likable fellow, especially between the attempted transactions, when he tries to keep Emily in check ("No more pooping!" he says after yet another deal fails to go through) and he succumbs to her charms in spite of himself. But overall, the book feels distant and uninspired. Pedersen (Mildred and Ed) frames virtually all her watercolors from the same head-on perspective, so that the pictures' geniality quickly turns innocuous, and Peter's evolving emotional state not to mention Emily's life-threatening encounter with traffic is drained of visual drama. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Peter's younger sister has finally pushed her brother too far. The long-suffering boy has tolerated her noises and smells and messes, but when she puts his brand new baseball cap in the toilet, he's had enough. He plops her into a wagon unceremoniously and pulls her through town shouting, "Baby for sale." Various neighbors and merchants listen with varying degrees of sympathy as Peter attempts to pawn off his sibling on the townspeople. En route, Emily manages to bite, poop, and generally wreak havoc in a way that only toddlers can. All of the grown-ups wisely decline Peter's offer of the little tyke and it's not until she nearly meets with harm that Peter is reminded of his great affection for her. All of the characters are whimsically drawn rabbits. This sweet, recognizable family story is well matched by humorous cartoon illustrations with child appeal.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.