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Barbara Troisi (Children's Literature)
A redheaded miss celebrating her fifth birthday wants to return to the security of Mommy’s tummy. Why? She says, “I just do!” In reality, a new baby is expected and sibling rivalry has blossomed. Playful exaggerated two-page oil paintings depict the youngster’s imagination as she hovers in the womb pretending to float like a fish, play games, stay up late, and make funny faces. Mommy gently reassures the youngster that she loves her as much as the soon-to-arrive brother. Fears quickly vanish when the doorbell rings and guests arrive to celebrate her special day. The tender writing style and gentle humor offers a fresh take on the complex emotions of a new baby coming into the home. It also reveals how quickly a child’s mind can be diverted when the focus once again is on her. The author and illustrator of this title, which was originally published the Netherlands, are residents of Belgium. 2005, Houghton Mifflin, $15.00. Ages 3 to 5.
Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2005 (Vol. 73, No. 20))
A five-year-old girl presents her mother with an unusual birthday request in this insightful tale from Robberecht. Faced with her mother's bafflement, the child promptly provides a litany of very ingenious reasons to return to the womb-some amusing, some poignant, all very telling. Robberecht provides clues as to the impetus behind the little girl's desires without revealing all too soon. Recurrent in her descriptions of bliss back in utero is the child's strong desire to be close to her mother and the focus of her attention. When readers discover that a new baby brother has taken up residency inside mommy, understanding blooms and the mother quickly reassures her daughter of her continued love. An impending birthday celebration soon convinces the girl that life can be good on the outside. Goossens's oil paintings convey the moods of the child through aptly chosen hues. His full-bleed illustrations cleverly and comically address the unique scenario of depicting a five-year old in utero. Engagingly silly yet compassionate, this is a perfect tale to present to soon-to-be or fledging siblings. 2005, Clarion, 32p, $15.00. Category: Picture book. Ages 3 to 6. © 2005 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
|Language||Call Number||LCCN||Dewey Decimal||ISBN/ISSN|
|English (eng)||PZ7.R53233 Bac 2005