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Pecan Pie Baby

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  453 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
Gia is tired of hearing about the new baby. It hasn't even been born yet, but everyone, even her friends, seem fixated on it. Gia thinks things are fine just the way they are! And she's worried: if the baby's such a big deal now, what's going to happen to Gia's nice, cozy life with Mama once it's born? Beloved author Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall have created a he ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Sep 16, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
A nice "new baby" story for those soon-to-be big brothers/sisters who aren't super thrilled about a "ding-dang baby" coming along and taking away all their special one-on-one time with Mom (or Dad. Though, this book lacks a father figure. While I certainly appreciate that some picture books focus on single-parent families, and single mothers, I find it a bit distressing that this is the second new-ish picture book featuring only a pregnant single mother (the other being There's Going to Be a Bab ...more
Jun 20, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall is a reassuring story for kids adjusting to the idea of a new family member and fears that the baby may ruin the special bond they have with mom.

Gia is tired of hearing about the new baby every day, everywhere. Everyone, even her friends, are fixated about the new baby. Gia finally lets her true feelings be heard about the "ding dang baby." Her mother's admission that she will miss having just Gia around is reassuring to Gia an
Becky Birtha
I happened to read Jacqueline Woodson's Pecan Pie Baby and Nicola Winstanley's Cinnamon Baby in the same week, resulting in this double review. Both were sweet picture books about an expected new baby, each with its own flavoring. Both feature somewhat spare, whimsical illustrations in subdued shades, by award winning illustrators-- the Ezra Jack Keats award for Pecan Pie Baby's Sophie Blackall, and Canada's Governor General's Award for Cinnamon Baby's Janice Nadeau.

Cinnamon Baby is unique for

Jul 16, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture Book

Connection: Text-to-Self

In the book, "Pecan Pie Baby" by Jacqueline Woodson, a little girl named Gia is trying to deal with the fact that a new baby is going to enter their lives and trying to handle all the changes that come with a new baby. She isn't very welcoming to the thought of that "ding-dang baby" and just wants things to stay the way they are.

I chose this as a text-to-self because I too went through the same thing and it happened about the same age a
Sep 21, 2010 Reader rated it really liked it
Jacqueline Woodson manages to make a "new baby book" that doesn't fall into the same old, same old. Gia could not be more sick of the baby about to arrive. Make that the "ding dang baby". Until now it's always been her and her mama. Now this interloper is threatening to change everything. Things come to a head at Thanksgiving when all anyone can talk about is the baby. In a fit of pique Gia let's her true feelings be heard. Fortunately, mama knows what her girl is going through and she let's her ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 23, 2011 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Gia is sick of hearing about the baby that is coming. She hates it that the baby is coming. She is afraid everything will change.

Beautiful truthful text that you don’t often find in a children’s book, that sounds like talk real people talk and with actions that seem like actions real people take. Comforting, too.

“Just as summer started leaving us and the leaving brought all those colors to the trees, Mama pulled out my winter clothes.

‘Time to give away the stuff that’s too small,’ I said. ‘This
Allison Parker
Feb 18, 2011 Allison Parker rated it it was amazing
An incredibly authentic and fresh take on an old hat of children's literature: the new baby story. Gia's the soon-to-be sister who gets rather sick of all the fuss about the ding-dang baby in Mama's belly. Woodson gives both Gia and her Mama genuine voices, while Blackall paints the characters with as much warmth, affection, and personality. Both story and illustration give us an alternative family structure - e.g., lack of a father figure, multiple races represented in one family - without labo ...more
Jessica Schuerman
May 11, 2015 Jessica Schuerman rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
(historical picture book)
Pecan Pie Baby is a perfect book to read to a child who is about to became a big brother or sister. That is because the book talks about how this girl is about to be a big sister. She gets jealous because everyone in the family keeps talking about the baby that is going to be born soon. She feels like she is going to be left out and she feels her mother will want nothing to do with her. Her mother then has a talk with her and tells her that she will miss the times when i
Alyssa Weber
Sep 10, 2014 Alyssa Weber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson is a great book for young children, especially those that are experiencing a change in the home life – such as the arrival of a new baby. During this book, the main character, Gia, is expecting a new sibling. In the beginning of the story, she is very upset with the thought of someone else coming and taking her place. Everyone is excited about the baby – her mom, aunts, friends – everyone except her. Throughout the story, Gia’s mother uses pecan pie to make G ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Apr 03, 2012 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Gia's mom is expecting a baby and Gia is feeling a mix of emotions but mostly she is sick of everyone talking about the ding-dang baby. She has had her mom all to herself for all these years and after the baby is born, everything will be different. There is one thing that Gia, her mom, and the ding-dang baby all love...pecan pie.

Great book to share with soon-to-be big sisters.
Traci Bold
Dec 03, 2015 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
Gia is sick of hearing about the new baby. Baby this, baby that. What happens to her when the baby arrives? Will anyone pay attention to her?

As MaMa gets closer to her delivery date, she craves Pecan Pie. Gia loves it too. So they share a slice of pie and things are a little better. But when family gets together and Gia hears everything about the baby, she has enough and lashes out. Mama sends her to her room and later, Mama asks her about her outburst which
Gia finally explains.

Most kids go thr
Victoria Cifarelli
Nov 04, 2014 Victoria Cifarelli rated it it was amazing
Pecan Pie Baby is the story of a little girl waiting the arrival of her new sibling. She was getting upset throughout the story because she did not like he idea of change. She was going to have to share her room, mom, and life with the new baby. Her and her mother loved to have pecan pie and her mom told her the baby loved it to. At the end of the story her mom opens up to her that she will miss the days when it was just the two of them but once the baby comes they will all have some pie togethe ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Aria rated it liked it
About a little girl who doesn't want her mom to have another baby. This book is a great book for introducing alternative families because in the book there is no father. Gia and her mother live alone together. Also when her aunts and uncles come over, not all of them are the same race. These different family arrangements introduce to young readers the idea that a family's identity can be made up of many different combinations, not just a two parent home with everyone the same race.
Great book.
Elizabeth Lauver
Oct 07, 2014 Elizabeth Lauver rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-beginning
Pecan Pie Baby, by Jacqueline Woodson, was a great book to have read and I highly recommend it to any family that is receiving an addition. I thought it was a great story line that the author had in the book. I found it clever that every time the mother had a craving she turned it into a very special moment to have with her current daughter. As a hopeful future parent someday I hope to have this book given to me to have in my children’s library. Also as a future educator I wish to have this book ...more
Shannon Nicole
Text to self:
I related to this book because I was around Gia's age when my little brother was born. I was used to being the youngest and I was annoyed at how much attention he was getting.

Text to text:
This book relates to "I'm Going to Be a Big Brother!" by Brenda Bercun because he tells about how to handle getting a new sibling. These books have the same topic, but this book is more nonfiction and helps kids handle the situation.

Text to world:
Children of all ages around the whole world can rel
Jess Farabaugh
Pecan Pie baby is a wonderful book for children expecting new little siblings. I would say this book is best for children between 5 and 8 years old. Gia is a little girl whose mother is expecting a baby soon. Gia is not very excited about having a little brother or sister. Throughout the book Gia expresses that she feels like the new baby is taking all of the attention. Everyone is talking about the baby including her friends and her family. She is afraid that the baby is going to take away all ...more
Brittany Martz
Sep 10, 2014 Brittany Martz rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
As the weather begins to change to fall Gia is upset that her mom is having a new baby. Everyone in her life is excited about the new bby and talking about the new baby but Gia feels left out. Gia and her mom love pecan pie and mom says baby loves pecan pie too which makes them all have one thing in common. In the end Mia realizes from talking to her mom that the baby is not so much a change but a new and enjoyable addition to the family. I would most likely not read this book in my classroom bu ...more
Brittany Martz
Oct 21, 2014 Brittany Martz rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
As the weather begins to change to fall Gia is upset that her mom is having a new baby. Everyone in her life is excited about the new baby and talking about the new baby, but Gia feels left out. Gia and her mom love pecan pie and mom says baby loves pecan pie too which makes them all have one thing in common. In the end, Mia realizes from talking to her mom that the baby is not so much a change but a new and enjoyable addition to the family. I would most likely not read this book in my classroom ...more
Omolayo Adenrele
Oct 15, 2014 Omolayo Adenrele rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. I think this would be a good read for read aloud to groups of students who are trying to adjust to changes due to a newborn baby coming. The pictures were useful in generating through the story as it went on. The quality of the book was good and developed as the story went on to be more appropriate for children who are either reading or listening to someone else reading it to them. The genre of this particular book is fiction. IT relates to my text set because it is ...more
Sep 27, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok
I find the writing of Jacqueline Woodson to be more soothing than that of any other author. Whenever I'm in need of some reading that's going to caress my spirit and rejuvenate my tired mind, I go for a Jacqueline Woodson book. She is both one of the best novelists and picture books creators that I've ever known.

Gia has misgivings about the changes that are sure to come to her family when she finds out that her mother is going to be having a baby. Her family as it is right now is nice, and com
Dec 20, 2010 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, picture-books
I loved this book before I even read it, because I'm such a huge Sophie Blackall fan, but having read it, I can say I haven't changed my mind. It's a familiar story: a girl's mother is going to have a baby, the girl gets upset because she doesn't want things to change and doesn't want to share her mother. The story is super sweet, but the language is sharp and unique enough, that it doesn't feel saccharine. (Gia calls the baby the "ding-dang baby"). And of course, the illustrations are magical. ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Gia is not looking forward to the new baby coming. In fact, she is sick and tired of hearing about the “ding-dang baby” all the time. That baby is copying her and her mother’s love for pecan pie. It’s going to take all of her old outgrown clothes. So when Gia is told that the baby will come with the first snow of the year, she wishes a secret wish for no snow at all. Her friends at school want to talk about the baby coming just like her aunties, who don’t have the time anymore to play tea party ...more
Eva Leger
Jan 11, 2011 Eva Leger rated it liked it
Shelves: julias-books
Julia is really into books where a young child is going to get a little brother/sister, preferably a sister if you ask her. When I spied this at the library, even though I didn't care much for the title I decided to check it out and see if it's any good. It is.
It's worth reading although I'd recommend keeping your money and checking it out of your local library. I can't see reading it more than once. It would probably make a good addition to a lower grade classroom also.
I loved the multi-cultur
Looking for a picture book that will likely reflect your world? Jacqueline Woodson’s Pecan Pie Baby is diversely populated and holds all the angst of including yet another new life to an already settled and satisfying one. This also may be a good one for a family introducing a new baby and looking to reassure the already born.

The reasons for picture books like these are never subtle when sitting down with the soon-to-be older sibling. And Publisher’s Weekly is correct in observing that “Woodson
Destinee Sutton
Sure, this is a pretty standard story of an elementary-aged girl with anxiety about becoming a big sister for the first time. But we're talking super author Jacqueline Woodson here, so you know it will be better than average. The dialogue is snappy, including Gia's refrain: "That ding-dang baby!" And the family and children depicted are diverse. Gia and her mother are African American, and Gia has both white and black aunts and uncles. In the Thanksgiving scene we see cousins of different colors ...more
Clairissa D
Mar 04, 2013 Clairissa D rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-families
Pecan Pie Baby is a book about a little girl preparing and dealing with the new addition to her family, which appears to be a single parent household. The characters consist of an African American Mother and Daughter, as well as diverse family members such as Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents. I believe that this is a realistic fiction, because I myself can relate to this type of story because I am from a single parent household and I know of others who are from single parent households. I would u ...more
Dannie Gonzalez
May 01, 2013 Dannie Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
Jacqueline Woodson in her children’s picture book, Pecan Pie Baby depicts the story of a young little girl named Gia who is stressed out and nervous about a future addition to the family. This book falls under the realistic fiction genre and accurately portrays the emotions a child goes through when dealing with a pregnancy. This book includes dialogue that imitates that of real life talk, rather than unrealistic and thus allows the readers to become attached to the characters in the book. This ...more
Kaitlin Larson
Apr 20, 2013 Kaitlin Larson rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll-595-ag
"Pecan Pie Baby" is a story by the amazing Jacqueline Woodson. This is another picture book that I discovered that is culturally sensitive and also sends a great message to the reader.

"Pecan Pie Baby" is a story of a young girl who is worried about her mother having a baby. The characters is the story are of African American decent but many other cultures are depicted through the illustrations. Gia cannot escape conversations about the new baby that is coming, even her friends at school are alw
Victoria Hylind
Sep 17, 2014 Victoria Hylind rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
This book is about a little girl named Gia who is expecting a new baby in her family. Everyone in her life is excited about the new addition, except Gia. Her mother sees that Gia is upset and tells her that the baby wants some pecan pie, knowing that's Gia's favorite. By the end of the story, Gia realizes that the baby will not replace her but will be an addition to the family. Since this book is pretty situation specific, I probably wouldn't read it for read aloud in my classroom. However I wou ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Gabriella rated it it was amazing
This story illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Jacqueline Woodson encompasses the journey of a young girl who is not looking forward to the arrival of her new baby sibling. The young girl feels threatened of the new baby and believes it will cause a divide between her and her mother. Everyone around her cannot hold the excitement in but the young girl feels otherwise. This story reveals the conflicting side of the older sister who is forced to adapt to a new family member.
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