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Not Yet, Rose

ISBN13: 9780802853264

ISBN10: 0802853269

Publisher: W.B.Eerdmans

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  • As Rose anxiously awaits the birth of the familys new baby, she isnt sure what to expect about her new role as big sister. She isnt sure whether she wants a baby brother or a baby sister; sometimes she isnt sure she wants a new baby at all! But when her new little brother finally arrives, suddenly everything seems just right.

    Susanna Leonard Hills text perfectly captures the excitement and apprehension of children anticipating the arrival of a new baby, and Nicole Ruttens sweet hamster characters make this an ideal story for siblings-to-be.
  • Susanna Leonard Hill

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    Ruttens watercolor-and-pencil artwork sweetly portrays the bundle of conflicting feelings that is Rose. Her expressive face and body language make her every emotion plain. Brightly colored pictures contrast with the blue-toned illustrations that represent Roses imaginings. A solid addition to the new-baby shelf.

    - Kirkus Reviews

    Every morning, a young hamster races into her parents bedroom and asks, "Is the baby here yet?" and each time they answer, "Not yet." Rose cant decide whether she wants a sister or a brother, and at one point she decides that she doesnt want a baby at all, but her mother brings her around to the idea that shell probably like being a big sister. Dad describes the nurturing that babies require and reminds his daughter that she was once an infant who needed and received loving care, too. When a brother is born, she carefully holds him, marvels at how tiny he is, and sings to him until he falls asleep in her arms. The book ends neatly with Roses parents asking if her arms are tired and she replies, "Not yet." Hill presents adults who encourage their daughter to process her feelings and come to her own conclusions. The narratives pacing and structure are ideal, with the story and life lessons beginning on Monday and ending on Friday. Ruttens cheery watercolor illustrations, depicting the hamsters life in their cozy country cottage and later in the hospital, are infused with subtle, appropriate humor. With its thoughtful text and playful art, this book gently helps older siblings confidently adjust to their new roles.

    - School Library Journal


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