Dragonfly Books, Paperback, 9780517800744, 32pp.
Publication Date: July 11, 2000
Now in paperback, a picture book, told from a child's perspective, about what to expect when Mom's expecting.
Lizzy Rockwell, Anne Rockwell's daughter, has illustrated several books written by her mother as well as many of her own titles. She lives with her family in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
"From a chart on how a baby grows up in utero to the end of her first day home, this book covers the entire birthing process as described by an older brother. . . . The book objectively presents intimate images and experiences: the baby inside the womb (shown in mother's tummy and in a full-page close-up), the mother nursing her, the boy and his dad carefully sponging around the umbilical cord scab. . . . When Eliza hits the scene the artwork really shines, as Rock-well captures both the skinny helplessness and surprising individuality of a newborn. Readers who have already welcomed a new baby into their home will enjoy remembering the events portrayed here while future siblings will gain insight into what's in store for them."--School Library Journal, Starred
"In a refreshing departure from other books about siblings . . . the approach of this text is optimistic, reflected in Rockwell's bright, cheerful illustrations. An upbeat, encouraging account."--Kirkus Reviews
"Rockwell integrates a factual approach and a down-home quality. . . . Emphasis and proportion accurately reflect a happy child's point of view."--Publishers Weekly