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Big Sister Now: A Story About Me and Our New Baby [Hardcover]

By Annette Sheldon & Karen Maizel (Illustrator)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 10.3" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2005
Publisher   Magination Press
Age  8-12
ISBN  1591472431  
EAN  9781591472438  

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Item Description...
A little girl named Kate gets used to sharing her parents with her baby brother Daniel and realizes there are some benefits to being a big sister now, in a title that includes a note to parents. Simultaneous.

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Our Daugher & Big Sister Loves This Book  Sep 2, 2007
Our daughter was 3 yrs & 1 week old when our son was born and we bought this book because it was about a big sister with a little brother. Our daughter loves this book and so do we. We do not think that it is negative - rather realistic in that there will be frustrations and adjustments that the older child will have to make when the baby arrives. She recites the parts about being patient and having special time with Mommy and Daddy. She has been reading the book for over 6 months now and continues to enjoy it. We really loves the illustrations - the "big sister" wears a dress-up skirt over her PJs and our daughter does this all of the time. We strongly recommend this book as our family has greatly enjoyed it.
Excellent preparation for big sister  Aug 17, 2006
I thought this book was great. I understand what previous reviewers are saying about the sister seeming to be ignored, but I think what we have to keep in mind is that she is probably not waiting as long as we think she is - the book is written from her perspective, not the parents'. If mom has to nurse for 1 more minute, it might seem like 30 to a two year old. And personally, I am not able to pour cereal while nursing so if my daughter wants some, she has to wait.

I felt like this really gave my daughter (age 3) some good preparation for what to expect when her baby brother arrived. I also think that it helped her understand that it was OK to express some resentment toward him at first. The illustrations were fantastic - I enjoyed seeing the disorganized house and harried parents.
Big Sister Now: A Story About Me and Our New Baby  Jul 25, 2006
My husband and I found out we would be having our second grandchild. We went in search of a great book to help our grandson,age three, deal with a new baby sister. We searched a lot of stores and found the best story in the book "Big Sister Now". Even though it was about a big sister, it was easy to have our grandson understand that big sisters and big brothers seem to have the same things happen to them. He now says that his friend Kate has a baby brother Daniel and he Nicholas. is having a baby sister How wonderful this made us feel.

The illstrations made us able to discuss the problems Kate was having and that sometimes we have to be patient. It also showed that big brothers and sisters get to do more grown-up things
and babies to have to sleep alot.

In looking at the pictures and reading the story I felt the autor and illistrator worked hand in hand with a lot of love to produce a fun and helpful book for children of all ages. They must have experienced alot of the story for it to have so many of the feelings that you hear moms talk about after a new baby arrives and a little girl becomes "A Big Sister Now."

Charlene Chernock
The BEST book for bringing a baby home I've seen!  Jul 21, 2006
"Big Sister Now" is on my list of "gotta haves" and "gotta give" to all friends and friends'kids who are bringing second and third and forth babies home to older sibblings. The story is so engaging, the senarios realistic. The character gives a voice and permission to older sibblings who may not know how to positively express what they're feeling. This book is sure to delight, educate and open doors of communication between parents and the older sibbling.

For those concerned about the negative face of the character let me remind you what the noted (late) child psychologist, Dr. Hiam Ginott (Between Parent and Child)said about bringing a second baby home. He believed that is was like your husband bringing home another woman and telling you that you'll love it because she'll help with the cooking, housework and babysitting.
He believe that ALL children harbor feelings of displacement whether they appear to express them or not. The child willing to happily fetch diapers and bottles and even those expressing "I love the baby" may ONLY be doing it to please Mommy and Daddy, not because they feel that way.

The beauty in "Big Sister Now," is that through the adorable main character, children are NOT given negative ideas but rather given a VOICE and PERMISSION to express what they may really be feeling. As tough as it is for us as parents to accept, children do feel displaced, and if they are harboring feelings of resentment, it's healthier to give them a positive avenue for expression. "Big Sister Now" doesn't tell children how they should be feeling, it allows children to express what may already be inside their head.

The illustrations are amazingly fresh. The back story in all the illustrations is wonderfully clever. Anyone who is a mother can relate to the dishelveled house. So much more is happening within the illustrations than in the story itself.

"Big Sister Now" is on my "MUST HAVE" list!
Please choose another! This one made me cringe!  Jun 29, 2006
I think the first reviewer doesn't have kids. She gave no indication. The second reviewer was dead on but she didn't give details. When pregnant with my third child, I wanted to find a good big sister book for my daughter (my second child). We loaded up on big brother books before she was born and they were a big help to my son. I NEVER read this book to my daughter because I didn't want the negative thoughts that it depicts to enter her mind. In the first pages of the book, the little girl is shown in very clearly resentful and ugly moods, looking over at the new baby with Mommy and Daddy with pure venom. Mid-book, there are several spreads dedicated to how incredibly busy everyone always is with the new baby and how big sister is made to wait frequently and for long, long, (seriously) long periods of time while baby is dealt with. She is, of course, told that it is difficult sometimes to wait but that it is part of being a big girl and that the baby can't wait for things. Then, the worst part...

"One afternoon I needed Mommy to read a book, but Daniel was crying. So Mommy had to rock him. She rocked and rocked. Daniel cried and cried." Big sister is shown on the next page waiting with the book, in three different poses, implying that she's waiting quite a while. "I had to wait. I waited and waited." On the following spread, "While Mommy rocked, I brought Daniel's new blanket" (presumably to help comfort the crying baby). The poor dear is shown coming in with the blanket and slipping on the book she wanted Mommy to read to her. She falls on the floor next to Mommy and baby in the rocking chair. Still, does Mommy get up and console her? Does Mommy invite her to join them in the rocking chair? Nope. Mommy looks sort of proud on the next page as she watches her daughter try to pull herself together while sitting on the floor nearby, "reading" the book (upside down) and sobbing by herself, drying her eyes on the blanket. Well, I'm sorry, but my two older children did not cease to be my babies too when my new babies came home and that's definitely not an image I wanted my daughter to remember when her baby brother came home.

I'm not naive. I've got three kids now. I know about resentful feelings. They will happen even when parents have the best of intentions. However, this book doesn't introduce our daughters to the idea of being big sisters with the best of intentions. Try Joanna Cole's "I'm a Big Sister" for that. I'm irked by the bottle-feeding in that book and the pictures seem outdated but the message is fantastic. It addresses waiting and crying in a MUCH more positive way. I also really liked "Hello Baby" by Lizzy Rockwell. It discusses pregnancy, in utero growth, and the baby's homecoming. It may seem too long and advanced for young children but that didn't bother me. I used it for both of my first two children and just let them look at the pictures while I modified the story to suit their respective ages. Also, if your kids are older and dealing with issues of sibling rivalry and who Mommy or Daddy loves best, I highly recommend "I Love You the Purplest" by Barbara Joosse. It gives perhaps the best lesson of all time to help parents combat resentment between children.

I will say that I can see a use for this book if I had a daughter who (despite my best intentions in preparing her for big-sisterhood) was having very seriously negative feelings about being a big sister. This book could help her understand that those feeling can be normal and that things will improve with time. I wouldn't buy it until then though. I also have a Master's Degree in Social Work and I know about giving a voice to feelings. I would never discourage my children from voicing their resentment, irritation, anger, etc. about the new baby. However, I also know that children model behavior, even that which is found in the books we read to them. If you introduce them to the idea that they're going to be left out and made to wait when their new sibling comes along, they will be expecting trouble and the resentment depicted in the book will almost surely become a self-fulfilling prophecy. I absolutely believe in allowing, even ENCOURAGING, children to voice negative feelings; I just feel it's counter-productive and unnecessary to introduce them before they crop up on their own. So, to the reviewer who plans to give this book as a gift to all the expectant parents she knows, I implore you to stick to the parents' registry. It is much more respectful of their wishes to do so. Just because you think this book would be valuable for them does not mean they will agree. This book was a gift to me from someone who thought we would enjoy it and it was just a waste of money. I could really use more crib sheets though! Registry...

Also, speaking of modeling behavior... Any parent sensitive enough to be cruising this site looking for a good book to help a daughter prepare for her new sibling would not exhibit the kind of cruel neglect of the daughter's feelings that you see in this book. I have much more of a problem with the behavior of the parents in this book than I do with the big sister's behavior. Who can blame the poor girl for the resentment she's experiencing?

Yes, a child having a new sibling has been compared to a husband or wife bringing a new spouse home. However, it's not exactly that extreme or fewer people would do it, some several times over. Also, I don't see myself EVER frolicking with my husband's new wife in the sandbox or us happily tooling around after each other on tricycles a mere two years after our introduction. Kids adjust because we prepare them and nurture them and express to them in a myriad of ways that siblings are a gift to one another. Even if the comparison was accurate, the logical conclusion should not be to tell a child, "Oh, yeah, it's going to be wretched and you'll be second fiddle for a while but don't worry because it will get better." The solution is to prepare them with some information about the needs of new babies and then to do your absolute best to give them an abundance of love and attention once the new baby comes. I'm on my third and I truly haven't found it that big of a challenge to make time and room on my lap for my older ones--many times even while nursing the newborn. Yes, the house is in shambles sometimes and I can get pretty exhausted but the priority here is taking good care of all three of my babies.

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