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Thursday, February 3, 2011

There's Going to be a Baby - John Burningham

Released September 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

When he hears that there’s going to be a new baby in the household, the child in this picture book has all sorts of questions. When is the new baby coming? What will we call him or her? What will he or she do? We don’t really need a baby do we?

With sensitivity and humor, this picture book for children two years of age and older addresses the swirl of questions this little boy asks his mother. Excitement, curiosity and even a little trepidation are some of the feelings the child feels when he considers how the new baby will change the family.

The best part of the situation, though, is wondering what the baby will do in the future. Will he be a chef, a zoo keeper, tend plants or even work in a bank? The humorous illustrations show the new arrival in each of these positions and should elicit a few chuckles.

Most importantly, when you read this book to a child who is about to become a brother or sister, be sure to ask about some of the questions the youngster may be harboring about the new member of the family. What the child needs at this point is a lot of reassurance that although there will be changes, mom and dad will still love him/her just as much as they always have.

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