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There's Going to Be a Baby
by John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury


Overview - In a first-time creative pairing, two of the world s most treasured picture book creators offer a truly delightful book for new-siblings-to-be.
When is the new baby coming? What will we call it? What will he do? We don t really need a baby, do we?
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Overview
In a first-time creative pairing, two of the world s most treasured picture book creators offer a truly delightful book for new-siblings-to-be.
When is the new baby coming? What will we call it? What will he do? We don t really need a baby, do we? With sensitivity and wit, John Burningham follows the swirl of questions in the mind of a young child anticipating a baby sibling with excitement, curiosity, and just a bit of trepidation. In perfect tandem, Helen Oxenbury captures the child s loving interactions with his mother along with the fanciful future scenarios he imagines for the new family member he has yet to meet. Combining a warm, timeless story with illustrations both freshly enchanting and wonderfully nostalgic, this gorgeous book has all the hallmarks of a classic."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763649074
  • ISBN-10: 0763649074
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: October 2010
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 2-5
  • Dimensions: 10.48 x 10.04 x 0.49 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.16 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - New Baby
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Siblings

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-09-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

On the heels of the pairing of Mem Fox and Oxenbury in Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, here's another dream-come-true matchup: Oxenbury and her husband. A little boy has learned that a sibling is on the way; as the seasons change and the mother's tummy expands, she and the boy engage in a fanciful dialogue on the subject of "What will the baby do?" It's an approach that could easily turn twee, but Burningham (It's a Secret!) makes it feel like an authentic portrayal of both an expectant mother's reveries and a firstborn's vacillating emotions. When the mother suggests that the baby could work at the zoo, the boy mischievously suggests that a tiger might eat the new arrival. Wordless intervening spreads picture the baby trying out the various career paths discussed--in this case, washing and feeding various animals. The handsome, clear-lined images may seem retro at first, but the crispness acts as a containing presence for displacement fears and a source of narrative momentum--all the while allowing Oxenbury to exercise the full power of her visual magic. Ages 2–up. (Oct.)

 
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