Room for the Baby

By Michelle Edwards; Jana Christy (Illustrator)
(Random House Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375870903, 24pp.)

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

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Description
UH-OH
What's a family to do when there's a baby on the way but no place to put a crib?
The big brother-to-be is worried. His mom does have a sewing room, but its every nook and cranny is stuffed with cast-off items and outgrown clothes that people have given her to recycle and reuse--some day. Now that day has come--because the new arrival will need someplace to sleep and something to wear. So the resourceful mom gets to work, making new clothes from old to outfit the baby-to-be.
Inspired by her creativity, the neighbors get involved, and soon everyone is stitching and knitting something. As the months go by and the family celebrates the Jewish holidays from Passover to Hanukkah, big brother helps his mom get ready, too. But things move slowly and he continues to worry: will there ever be room for the baby?



About the Author
MICHELLE EDWARDS is the author-illustrator of Chicken Man, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, several other acclaimed picture books, and the Jackson Friends series, which includes Pa Lia's First Day, a Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award winner, Zero Grandparents, and The Talent Show. She lives with her family in Iowa City.

Jana Christydid much of the art for this book during hurricane-force winds on a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia flags flapped and walls shook in a house that looks remarkably like the house in this story. Sheloves drawing girls with attitude, boys with pluck, the chickens that wander around her garden, punks, robots, cavemen and zombies, bleak weather, windy days, sea creatures, and more. She loves creating handmade minibooks with her husband, exploring new places with her children, and letting her brain and brushes wander. She lives in North Adams, Massachusetts.
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