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The Year of the Baby (Anna Wang #2)

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Last year, Anna learned how to be a good friend. Now that her family has adopted a baby girl from China, she wants to learn how to be a good sister. But the new year proves challenging when the doctor warns that the baby isn’t thriving. Can Anna and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project that saves the day? In this heartwarming sequel to TheYear of t ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Allison
What a sweet read. Like its predecessor, this book addresses some potentially heavy issues (in this case, adoption and infant failure to thrive) in a very approachable way for a young audience. The main character is so relatable, and I think this book has even more general appeal than the first volume in the series, which was perhaps more geared towards bookworms (like myself). Anna still has her love of books in this sequel, but it's not as much of a focus, so avid and reluctant readers alike w ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Anna loves her baby sister, Kaylee, whom her parents adopted from China. They have had Kaylee for three months, but she has not gained much weight because she won’t eat. So, Anna and her friends, Laura and Camille, decide to help out. They take matters into their own hands and start investigating to see if they can get Kaylee to eat more. The girls make it into their school science project. They try different foods, music and languages to see what will make Kaylee more comfortable and happy and ...more
Mehsi
I was at first a bit hesitant to get this one. I loved the previous book and I was worried that this one might totally be different (after all the first book felt like a standalone to me).

But in the end I just went for it, and I even pre-ordered the next book. I am so glad I bought this book, it was wonderful and cute.

We are back at Anna's place again, only this time we have a new family member. A little Chinese baby named Kaylee. I absolutely loved Anna's relationship with Kaylee. I know that m
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Irene
Mar 08, 2015 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chinese-American kids, kids who want to learn about being Chinese, kids with adopted Chinese sibling
Shelves: children
In this sequel to The Year of the Book, Anna's family adopts a baby girl from China, and Chinese culture is much more front and center.

With more mentions of Chinese culture, language, and food, there also came more opportunities for mistakes. On page 10, Anna's maternal grandmother is correctly referred to was "Wai Po", but then on the very next page, she is incorrectly referred to as "Nai Nai", the term used for paternal grandmothers. On page 29, Anna's family eats Chinese food for dinner, but
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Robin
One of the sweetest books I've ever read. Anna (from Year of the Book)'s family has adopted a little girl, Kaylee, from China. Problem is Kaylee doesn't like to eat, so the visits to the doctor are increasingly frequent. I love how this family supports one another, how grandmother comes to help, how both parents are juggling working, going back to school, and managing a growing family. I love that Anna and her friends sew. School and friendships and day to day life are an important part of this ...more
Debbie Barr
Another great little early chapter book from Andrea Cheng. I loved that this installment addressed adoption, families, and a little bit of science! I hope Cheng continues with this series.
Helen
I really liked this WAW possibility. I was glad to read one for the younger kids that had more to it! This is the second book in the series but definitely stands alone. It is about a Chinese/American family who adopts a Chinese baby. The main character Anna is in 5th grade and tells the story in her point of view, including her friends Laura and Camille. The new baby is not gaining weight so the girls do their science fair project on seeing if singing to the baby while she eats helps her eat mor ...more
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In this early chapter book fifth grader Anna Wang's family has adopted a baby girl from China. So along with her worries about a big science project in school Anna must worry about her younger sister's small appetite and failure to gain weight. Can she come up with a solution to all her problems? Anna is a honest and likable character and this sequel to "The Year of the Book" includes Chinese phrases and a recipe for Steamed Red Bean Bao, a type of steamed bun.

-Ms. Mercedes

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Elissa
Since we last met Anna Wang and her family in The Year of the Book, her family has adopted a baby girl from China. Anna loves being Kaylee's big sister and helping to care for her. Unfortunately, Kaylee's doctors are worried that she is failing to "thrive." With the help of her two best friends, Anna comes up with a plan to help Kaylee and complete an assignment for the school's science fair.

I really enjoyed The Year of the Book and so I was very excited for the sequel, which did not disappoint.
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babyhippoface
Anna and her family have adopted a baby girl from China. Kaylee is adorable, but stubborn. She refuses to eat, and her pediatrician fears she may be failing to thrive. Anna's family is worried.

Meanwhile, Anna and her friends must come up with a good science fair project. Anna wants to do something different and new, but she can't think of anything.
This sequel to Year of the Book is just as heartfelt as the original. Anna and her friends are realistic girls with honest feelings and worries. The
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Ms. Yingling
Anna's parents decide to adopt a baby girl from China, and Anna enjoys Kaylee fairly well, and she is certainly worried when Kaylee doesn't want to eat and isn't gaining weight as expected. When she and Laura fail to find another topic for their science project, they decide to see if singing to Kaylee while she is eating distracts her enough that she eats more, and therefore gains weight. Camille, from Anna's Chinese school, also gets in on the project, and Anna tries to learn some Chinese.

Stren
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Mary
An outstanding sequel to The Year of the Book! In this novel, Anna's family has adopted a baby from China who is having trouble gaining weight. This is a compassionate story about Baby Kaylee's adoption and her adjustment to her new life as well as an empowering story about the three friends working for a solution through their science fair project. I especially appreciate the authentic conversations about culture and prejudice.
Melanie
In this sequel to the Year of the Book, Anna Wang is enjoying a new baby sister adopted from China. But she's also having a hard time in school. What should her science project be? She's been invited to do a project with Allison, Lucy, Laura and Camille but she doesn't want to do the project with the already determined outcome.

She decides to go it alone but soon Camille and Laura joined her. Camille saved the day by coming up with the idea to make Anna's new baby sister their science project. Ka
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Rebecca
My daughter's favorite book is the first of this series, so we were thrilled to find the next one. I really enjoyed this book: I think the author does a great job of touching on some complex and sophisticated issues (the myth of the model minority, for instance) without losing her audience. I'd highly recommend the series to young readers and (ahem) not so young readers too.
Barbara
Fifth grader Anna Wang worries about the baby her family has adopted from China since the child seems to have little appetite and failing to gain weight. She and her friends, Laura and Camille, design a science experiment to see if Kaylee, her baby sister, eats more when they are singing songs in English and Chinese. Like its predecessor, The Year of the Book, this title contains some words and phrases in Chinese, a recipe, and incidents that are humorous and heart-warming. One of the things I l ...more
Phoebe
A very sweet little middle grade novel covering a subject I've NEVER before encountered in children's fiction: an Asian American family adopting a girl from China. Personally, I haven't met an Asian family with adopted children, so I was very curious to read this book and learn what it might be like from the inside. I enjoyed how honest and unadorned the writing-voice/style and the way the author approaches ambiguous and difficult to handle topics(i.e. racism, learning difficulties, and the ways ...more
Evan
Anna Wang is back in this second installment, The Year of the Baby. Anna's family has recently adopted an adorable and stubborn baby girl from China, Kaylee. When Kaylee has trouble thriving and won't eat, Anna and her best friends Lauren and Camille are determined to help. Also involves elements of Chinese culture and the stigma that Anna often feels for being ABC (Asian-born Chinese) amongst non-Asian peers. Anyone who has felt 'other' can certainly relate.
I rarely read such well-written and
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Deb
I love the compactness of the story, but that is has so much interesting stuff going on - sewing, and science fair, and positive family dynamics, and working through kid friendships, and living with pets.
Jodie
Anna has a baby sister that was adopted from China. Her friends must come up with a science fair project and they decide to do an experiment to see if they can get Bao Bao to eat.
Amy Bass
Even better than the first one. Probes friendship and family deeply. Terrific read aloud with first and second graders, because you can talk through the complicated stuff. Just excellent.
Yapha
In this sequel to The Year of the Book, Anna's parents are back from China with her new baby sister. Both her parents and the doctor are worried, though, because Kaylee refuses to eat much and is not gaining any weight. With fears that she is failing to thrive, Anna takes it upon herself to try to get to her sister to eat more. The friendship issues with Laura and Camille were worked out in the first book, and now they stand beside Anna, as they figure out a solution to the problem and come up w ...more
Heather
Good for 3+4th grade readers--especially girls. Adoption and chinese ethnic groups in america subplots. Friendships across and within ethnic groups.
C.
I picked up an advance reading copy of this title at ALA midwinter and although I had not read the other book in this series I found this to be a delightful read!

This book covers adoption, siblings, science projects, friendship and navigating school cliques, and language and cultural (specifically Chinese) issues in a way that is approachable and would offer opportunity for parents, teachers, or librarians to discuss with children.

I would recommend this title, particularly to children for whom
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Devon
Oct 30, 2014 Devon marked it as to-read
I like this book because it reminds me of the fist on! The year of the book!
Kristen Su
Great book, I loved it.
PWRL
Apr 03, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
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Sydney
i absolutely love this book i love this book because they have a Chinese baby and they have to sing songs to make the baby eat.
Robin
What a nice series!
Brenda Kahn
Anna and her family and friends return in this sweet sequel to The Year of the Book. She's eleven and in fifth grade now, where the work is getting a bit harder and there's a big science project on the horizon. But Anna's more pressing worry is getting baby Kaylee, her new adoptive sister, to eat. Anna is an appealing character, the situations and dialogue ring true and feature multicultural characters. A worthy addition to school and classroom libraries.
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Andrea Cheng is a Hungarian-American children's author and illustrator. The child of Hungarian immigrants, she was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio in an extended family with three generations under one roof. Her family spoke Hungarian and English at home. After graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, she went to Switzerland, where she apprenticed to a bookbinder, attended a school of b ...more
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