Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374375140, 40pp.
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Kate Banks’s lyrical poetry pairs with Gabi Swiatkowska’s playful dreamlike images to create this must-have book for all children who are about to be new siblings.
While Mama’s busy knitting a wardrobe for her unborn baby, big sister is preparing in her own way: imagining, asking, wondering what this baby will like. As the seasons pass, this baby grows, too--and soon big sister will have the answers to all of her questions.
Kate Banks is the author of many books for children, among them Max’s Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. “I especially liked picture books,” she says, “and the way in which words and illustrations could create a whole new world in which sometimes real and other times magical and unexpected things could happen.” Banks attended Wellesley College and received her masters in history at Columbia University. She lived in Rome for eight years but now lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons, Peter Anton and Maximilian. Gabi Swiatkowska has illustrated many notable books for children, including My Name is Yoon, for which she received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. She lives in France.
“The charming, lyrical text reads like a lullaby…” --School Library Journal