This Behold! A Baby book review has been updated to reflect the passage of time. Gianna has also reviewed on Bookhounds.Stephanie Watson’s book, Behold! A Baby, came out in June of 2015 with a Launch Party at the Red Balloon. The timing of this book could not have been more perfect for me since the excitement of a new baby had worn thin and my older children were feeling slightly neglected. Even the 10-year-old was done with the whole crying thing. The preschool boys needed to be watched carefully because jealousy would pop up at weird times and even when they were trying to be playful they were often too rough. So, with a slight gender adjustment (the baby in the story is a boy and we had a girl), we’ve made this story into our own.
Behold! A Baby Book Review – From a Parent’s Perspective
Until I became a parent, I would have been among the people who rolled their eyes at parents of new babies. It’s hard to understand that babies are amazing little creatures until you have one. They are so helpless the day they are born and each little milestone is just a heart-bursting miracle for the parents. For little ones, who are still on their own amazing journeys, the amount of attention a baby receives can seem downright ridiculous. Who cares that she eats a banana? Now that’s just something else they have to share.
With very few words, Ms. Watson (with the help of illustrator Joy Ang) captures the less positive feelings of my boys towards their sister and then helps them look at the good parts of having a baby. Watson’s story empowers them into BIG BROTHERS! Look at all the ways they can help. I don’t know what it is about older siblings, but they really are able to interpret for the younger ones much quicker than the adults are able to catch on. This is a book we re-read often during this rough transition.
If you’ve ever tried to find a book to help a child through a particular milestone by ordering them from a library search, you know that there are some awful books out there written by child experts, not children’s writers. Stephanie Watson is a children’s writer, who happens to faithfully capture this childhood milestone in her book. Behold! A Baby would make an ideal big brother gift.
Upcoming Events: Book Release: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Bookstores Everywhere, (Hardcover: $16.99) Book Launch Party: The Red Balloon Bookshop, Saturday, June 6, 2015 – 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (Free)(Book Purchase Required for Signing) FFTC Father’s Day Event: The Minnesota Transportation Museum, Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 10:30 a.m. (The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Trolley Party: Wild Rumpus Books for Your Readers, Thursday, June 25, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ($5/pp)* Book Signing: Barnes & Noble Galleria, July 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. (Free)(Book Purchase Required for Signing)
I received an advance copy of Behold! A Baby to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own; and the ideal timing was coincidental.