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The Year of the Baby

(Anna Wang #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  456 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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 The Year of ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Monique S. (The Ginger Librarian)
I like this book just as much as I like The Year of the Book , for many of the same reasons. In this book, Anna (the first person narrator) is now in fifth grade and is still a very likable/lovable character, as are her now best friends Laura and Camille. I loved seeing the friendship between these girls and their compassion for others, especially for Anna's new baby sister. This is a charming little book series!
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story for younger readers. A great look at Chinese American families, adoption, and friendship.
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 wi
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction
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
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Adorable and open-hearted middle grade book about the challenges of being an oldest child (and a middle child) and being a friend (and working with your friends) and being a good student (and people expecting you to be a good student (and making fun of you for studying)). It's slanting a bit younger than my favourite MGs, but I was continually impressed by the nuance of the issues that were dealt with in very few pages (and at a young reading level).
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Debbie Barr
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Emily Suddath
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The year of the Baby review: Cute read-aloud for my first grader. I would have never picked this book due to the girly looking cover (I’m reading to my son) but it was assigned reading. It is not particularly a feminine story though, so he wasn’t turned off by it, and I’d say it’s an age-appropriate read-aloud (as well as regular reading for middle grade readers) for children who may not know much about adoption (the baby sister in the story is adopted from China.) I also like that the character ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anna is excited to have a new baby sister, Kaylee. But having been recently adopted from China, Kaylee is still adjusting to her new home and life. Anna's parents are both worried when the doctor tells them that Kaylee isn't thriving and gaining weight the way she should be. This contributes to a bit of tension at the home. Anna loves taking care of her sister but doesn't feel her Mom trusts her to be responsible with the baby. In addition, Anna's younger brother, Ken is having a hard time adjus ...more
John Jeng
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Strangely, my review didn't show up after I submitted it the first time...

But I thought this book was good. I liked the premise. It's adorable and heartwarming. However, when Anna draws a map of China for her grandma on page 80, she draws the island of Hainan where Taiwan's supposed to be. Clearly, this is a mistake, because the map Anna was copying from does indicate Taiwan and China as part of the same entity.
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg
This is such a sweet series. In this one, Anna's family adopts a baby from China. Her parents are Chinese-born but Anna was born in the U.S. The baby is a cutie and Anna and all her friends are in love with her. The only thing is, the baby is refusing to eat and she's actually losing weight. Anna and her friends pitch in to find a solution...and it just so happens to dovetail with their project for the science far.
Matthew Hodge
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-young-adult
A lovely little story that I read to the kids for school. It has a light touch but it deals with issues such as weight gain issues in babies, adoption and being American-born Chinese.

AND contains a great example of the scientific method in action.
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Love these books!
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is very nice because the baby is very cute.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Another cute installment in this series. It was fun to compare the fifth grade Anna taking care of her baby sister in the book with my own Anna.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sonlight
This book was such a fast, fun read that we blazed through it in just a few days. Now we want to find the others in the series.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like this sweet and simple Middle grade series that features such a smart young girl lead character.
Brittany Larkin
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very cute and easy to read out-loud book about a family who adopts a baby.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2017
Not as good as the first one, but still glad I read it! It just wasn't as exciting or realistic. I know it's for younger kids, but it was overly simple, unlike the first one.
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

In this sequel to last year's The Year of the Book, Anna, who has learned to make friends beyond the pages of her favorite books is now in fifth grade, and she has a new problem. Her family has just adopted a one-year-old little girl from China named Kaylee, but Kaylee is struggling to thrive in her new environment. Anna is worried each time her new sister returns home with a negative report from the doctor's office about her failure to
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, adoption
I thoroughly enjoyed Andrea Chang's previous novel, The Year of the Book, so, naturally, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Mrs. Chang had gone on to release three (and counting) sequels. The Year of the Baby was the one I was most excited about - I always love stories about adoption, and am writing one myself - but when I reached the end, I was left somewhat disappointed. The book had been a fun read, but like many sequels, it failed to live up to its original, and it didn't even seem ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Chinese-American kids, kids who want to learn about being Chinese, kids with adopted Chinese sibling
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
Elissa Schaeffer
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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 disa
Ruth Ann
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
This is the second book in the Anna Wang Series. Anna (An ABC - America Born Chinese ) is in fifth grade. Her family has recently adopted a baby girl, Kaylee, from China. Kaylee likes Anna's company but no one in the family is successful in getting the baby to eat, not even Grandma. Anna and her two friends, Laura and Camille, design an experiment for the science fair to explore ways to get Kaylee to eat more food. The book ends happily as Kaylee gains weight and the 5th grade friends have a suc ...more
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
Abby Johnson
Okay, so I still really like this series, but I did not like this second book quite as much as the first book. It's all about Anna's family adjusting after they adopt a baby from China and I guess I had a hard time suspending my disbelief about their adoption process. I am far from an expert on this, and it is not really a huge factor in the story, the story being about life after baby Kaylee comes to live with the Wang family and not about the process itself. So. Suspending issues about the ado ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
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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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