Monday, July 8, 2013

There's Going To Be A Baby - a review

                "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."
                                        ~Chinese Proverb

Title:  There's Going to Be a Baby
Author:  John Burningham
Illustrator:  Helen Oxenbury
Ages:  3-7

I loved this book.  It shows sensitivity, wit, humour and the illustrations are magnificent.  This is the first ever collaboration between two greats from the world of children's literature.  The text by John Burningham walks us through six months or so of a loving mother telling her son that a new sibling is on the way.  During this gestation period they talk of when the baby will arrive, what the baby might be when he/she grows up and these discussions strengthen the already existing bond between them.  The mother's words are captured in pale blue while the little boy's words are in dark blue.  The mother's ideas prompt her little boy to imagine what the future might be like.  Their ponderings are captured by comical comic-book-like illustrations.  Many precious discussions occur between the two, and when the baby finally does arrive the little boy boards a bus with his grandfather to go to the hospital to meet his new sibling. His final words to his Grandpa as he is walking towards his mother's hospital room are, "Grandad, the baby will be our baby." "We're going to love the baby, aren't we?" This book is highly recommended and represents children's literature at its best.

Check out these related themes for:

Toddler:  We Have A Baby by Cathryn Falwell,  Our New Baby by Rebecca Finn

Preschoolers:  Will there by a Lap for Me?  by Dorothy Corey, When the New Baby Comes I'm Moving Out by Martha Alexander,  Happy Birth Day by Robie H. Harris,  Hello Baby by Mem Fox and Steve Jenkins

Preschool: School Age: A Place for Ben by Jeanne Titherington, Pinky and Rex and the New Baby Baby by James Howe

Related Videos:  Authur's Baby    Sesame Street:  A New Baby in My Home

About the Author:

John Burningham is an English author and illustrator of children's books, especially picture books for young children. He lives in north London with his wife Helen Oxenbury, another illustrator. Wikipedia
BornApril 27, 1936 (age 77), Farnham, United Kingdom
AwardsKate Greenaway Medal

About the Illustrator:

Helen Gillian Oxenbury is an English author and illustrator of picture books. She lives in North London with her husband John Burningham, another children's literature author and illustrator. Wikipedia
AwardsKate Greenaway MedalNestlé Smarties Book Prize

Book review rating:     9  (Close to perfection!)

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