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The New Baby

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
For a firstborn child, the arrival of a baby brother or sister is almost sure to arouse mixed feelings. Aloing with all the excitement, suddenly someone else is sharing the attention and love that the firstborn used to have all along. In his direct and understanding approch, Fred Rogers gets right to the heart of a potential situation, letting children know they're not alo ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 18th 1996 by Puffin Books
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Nov 09, 2010 Betsy rated it it was amazing
I thought that this was a very sweet book! I found it at the library and love how there are pictures of families from several different backgrounds. There's also a wonderful picture of a mother obviously breastfeeding next to a picture of a father bottle-feeding so children can see both ways of feeding a baby. This is not a book about the physical process of pregnancy or childbirth, but about how children can deal with the not so sweet feelings that are completely normal when getting a new sibli ...more
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Jun 12, 2012 Ted Parsons rated it really liked it
In my teaching career, i have dealt with students whose mother recently had or will soon be having a baby, The student sibling is dealing with a variety of emotions like jealousy, envy, joy etc. This book has a very understandable and effective way of explaining why a student may feel these things.
Jul 29, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
I tried to avoid books that talked about anger or animosity towards the baby, which this book does address. Mr. Rogers does it well, though, so a useful addition in starting a conversation about the new arrival.
Heather the Hillbilly Banjo Queen
This book is pretty dated...the pictures are fascinating studies in history, but the content can't be beat. We checked this one out from the library before #2 was born and it really helped #1 get what was going on.
This book focuses too much on the negatives of becoming a sibling. Even though it tries to address, some of the issues that will come up, the positives don't outweigh the negatives.
Aug 11, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mommy-baby-books
Just read this book and fell in love with Mr. Rogers again. I didn't know he was an author but now that I do I have a goal to read all his books.
This book just doesn't work for our family. I prefer books that are more positive about the older child's transition into becoming a sibling.
Megan Bratton
Jun 12, 2012 Megan Bratton rated it really liked it
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Written in child friendly language. Discusses how a child may feel about a new baby and how to feel with those emotions.
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Fred McFeely Rogers was an American educator, minister, songwriter, and television host. Rogers was the host of the television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, in production from 1968 to 2001. Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.
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