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The Very Tiny Baby
Jacob learns that adults can be scared, too, when his new sibling is born prematurely. While Jacob has his grandma and his faithful teddy bear, Bob, with him at home while his parents are at the hospital, he still feels alone. The book portrays the range of emotions older siblings often have about a new baby, including fear, anger, and resentment, along with the added ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Charlesbridge
(first published January 1st 2014)
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With a few minor changes, I think that this book would be worth 5 stars. It was really informative, presented from a child's point of view, and was easy to understand. The book is intended for kids who not only have a preemie brother or sister, but are dealing with some of the feelings of resentment that can come along with gaining a sibling- especially one that is special needs or has other health considerations that take up a lot of mom and dad's attention. I recognize that it's important to ...more
I would recommend you read this book carefully before reading it aloud to your child. It is geared towards preparing a child for the addition of a premature sibling and not just a new baby. Some of the content may not be something your child relates to such as the sibling saying "I wish the baby would die" or the detailed explanation of breast pump operation (my son lost interest at that point).
Mar 01, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
When Jacob learns that a new baby will be arriving soon at his house, he has mixed feelings about this new addition. Those feelings become even more complicated When the baby is born prematurely. As his family members worry about the baby's health, the narrator resents all the attention the baby is getting from his parents and the time being taken away from him. The picture book does a good job of describing his conflicted emotions and then his affection for the very tiny baby once it arrives ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
This is a good book for an older sibling who is working on accepting a baby into their life. Especially a premie. It talks about the feelings that a child has and the fears about no longer being the only child in a family. It's written from the perspective of a child, as well, so that helps connect children to the story. As an FYI, there is discussion of nursing and breast pumps (with hand-drawn pictures) in case anyone is sensitive to that.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to any and all families expecting a new baby. This family has had a premature baby, so not only is the big brother not so sure about this whole thing, everyone is worried and scared. It will be super-useful to some families, and may be interesting to read for other families, but I can totally see an anxiety prone future big sibling getting scared by this one.
Although it had some good information in it, I felt disturbed by some statements made by the three year old. The "I wish the baby would die" page is disturbing and I wonder if a 3 year old could even comprehend that concept. Also, suggesting to the child that the baby could die gives them more to worry about.
Jasmine told me to give this book ZERO STARS, but I thought I would be generous and give it two stars. This book is horrible! Horrible illustrations, and it's too graphic for children. I don't think the little boy wishing his baby brother would die is appropriate for children, though some might say it, my child was shocked to see those words on the page. Eek!
If you or someone you knows has a premie baby, then this is a great book to help an older child come to an understanding of what is occurring and how to deal with it. I think my favorite illustration is the mother using the breast pump...there is a picture of a breast albeit a benign cartoon one.
A good concept book to talk about preemies, and their more stressful arrival into a family. An older brother talks about his feelings, waiting for this baby, and walks the reader / listener through the process.
Oct 10, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Bibliotherapy is easy to get wrong. This book will work well for little kids in this situation. I wouldn't read it aloud for a generic storytime, but it does what it sets out to do nicely.