- Pappbilderbuch: 12 Seiten
- Verlag: Child's Play International Ltd; Auflage: Brdbk (1. April 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1846432774
- ISBN-13: 978-1846432774
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,9 x 1 x 20,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 163.689 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
You and Me! (New Baby) (Englisch) Pappbilderbuch – 1. April 2009
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"These four books in the New Baby series are just right for toddlers awaiting and adjusting to the birth of a new sibling. They cover pregnancy, welcoming the baby, and learning to play and live together. ... The multiracial families are always smiling and gentle. Colorful artwork fills each page. The writing is clear, conversational, and full of common situations." School Library Journal "The New Baby series from Child's Play is spot on accurate. ... watercolors and graphite or grease pencil outlines are friendly and exuberant." Readertotz blog
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To support the earlier review that this book was a touch negative, here are more examples. On page 2: elder sibling frowns when baby tugs at hair. On page 4, elder sibling plugs ears with fingers (worried eyebrows, frustrated frown): 'Oh no, the baby's shouting!' On page 5, elder sibling sits, beady-eyed, with back to her friend and the baby with resentful frown and folded arms: 'Baby likes my friend more. What about me?' On page 6, baby crawls to pick up a doll; elder sibling and friend say: 'Oh no! We don't want you to move that.' On page 7, baby spits out green mush: 'What's the matter? Don't you like this?'
I'm not against negative portrayals - they are accurate portrayals of infant behaviour - just the lack of explanation or redirection necessary at a toddler sibling's level. To make the best of this book, I've taken to actually answering the questions posed on almost every page of the book rather than taking them to be rhetoric. Sometimes I add a short line of explanation because I don't want my toddler to identify with the hurt sibling in the book and stop at that negative association with a new sibling. It is more helpful to make sense of the situation and move on from there. Sometimes I vary my approach, and ask my toddler leading questions, like 'Do you know that babies like new faces?' (in response to page 5). Or I explain, as William and Martha Sears do in the book 'What Baby Needs', that crying is the way babies talk and show us what they need, and that babies cry when hungry, tired, lonely or wet (paraphrased) (in response to page 4).
My almost 3 year old toddler hasn't yet learnt to read, so her primary mode of understanding books is to study the pictures. I have given this book 3 stars because there is little I can do about the images portrayed in the book (the sulking, turning away, angry eyebrows, folded arms, etc.) I am concerned that she may emulate the unhelpful responses/behaviour of the toddler, despite my efforts to redirect them to more positive outcomes. Rather than struggle to come up with creative ways of re-presenting the information portrayed in this book (albeit beautifully illustrated), I would recommend giving this book a miss. If you want a book that beautifully illustrates the hopes an elder sibling holds of playing with the baby as he grows up, try Mercer Mayer's 'Just me and my little brother'. Usborne's First Experiences 'The New Baby' also provides a different take in portraying a family's anticipation of and arrival of a new baby's. Illustrated in softer shades, the positive storyline involves an elder brother and sister in taking care of the baby, and the support provided by grandparents.
In a nutshell, I wish I had given this book a miss. The writing isn't fatal; it's just careless, and the playful scenes on the last couple pages of elder sibling playing in the bath and reading a bedtime book with baby aren't sufficient to justify the purchase. I hope this review helps you in your decision.
As others have noted, both kids in the book could be of any gender. The pictures are bright and engaging, with lots of familiar objects to talk about. Each page has a large picture, with a brief quote underneath from the toddler narrator. These are jumping points for us to talk about the pictures, situations, and how everyone is feeling. I can also highly recommend the other books in this series -- My New Baby is another huge hit over here, as are Waiting for Baby (My New Baby) and Look at Me! (New Baby). All are gender-neutral and feature a variety of family racial backgrounds -- and all are infinitely relatable for my young son. These books make it possible to have "conversations" with my son that I wouldn't otherwise know how to have at this point. I'm so thankful to have them. Highly recommended.
Generally, I like the series, and even this book, but just be prepared that this is a bit less positive than the others.