Thursday, April 16, 2009

We’re Having A Baby

Change is Strange
Ricki Booker; illustrated by Selena Kassab

Reading We’re Having A Baby to your child is a great way to introduce him or her to the impending arrival of a younger sibling. This is a story about a little boy named Charlie Change, who is told by his parents that they will soon be welcoming a baby sister. Upon hearing the news, Charlie is worried about the changes to his family. His parents reassure him that although things will be different, no one will take his place.

Charlie is excited to be a big brother when his little sister, Daisy, arrives. However, he soon decides that the baby is not fun: “She cried. She ate. She pooped. She slept.” Charlie does not like this change to his family. After his parents enlist his assistance with Daisy and praise him for his helpfulness, Charlie starts to enjoy being the big brother, declaring “I am Super Charlie, the super brother!" The book ends on a sweet note with Daisy smiling at her big brother and him returning her smile.

This book presents a realistic picture of the arrival of a new baby and the changes that will occur. The last page of the book even contains “Helpful Hints for Parents” on preparing your child for the arrival of a new sibling.

Change is Strange offers books designed to help children transition through big changes: We're Moving?, Mommy and Daddy are Going on a Trip, My First Day of School and No More Pacifier. The books tackle, in a light-hearted way, the fears and questions that are likely to be expressed or felt by your child by each event. To make the stories extra special, you can have each book personalized - your child will co-star alongside Charlie Change!


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