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2010 Award
There's Going to be a Baby
( by John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury, Candlewick $16.99 Score: )

Two masters combined forces to create a charming book about the anticipated arrival of a new baby. We wish the text matched the glorious art. Each handsome scene between Mama and the big brother-to-be is followed with multi-framed art imagining the baby to be. Most of it is amusing, though one must wonder if the baby's future career would be interesting to this little boy--rather than his own future. Obviously, imagining the baby as an artist covered with paint and working as a chef makes amusing art. But when Mama suggests baby might work at a zoo, the big brother's idea of baby being eaten by a tiger feels a little over the top. Granted, the anticipation of a sibling is likely to include some anxiety, the question, "Mommy, can't you tell the baby to go away? We don't really need the baby, do we?" is asked--but never answered. One could say better that way; but one might also wonder---why ask the question? Sure kids feelings about siblings often include such thoughts. But truth be told, such questions usually comes after the event.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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