Stephanie Watson’s latest book, Behold! A Baby, comes out tomorrow with a Launch Party at the Red Balloon on Saturday. The timing of this book could not be more perfect for me since the excitement of a new baby has worn thin and my older children are feeling slightly neglected. Even the 10-year-old is done with the whole crying thing. The preschool boys now have to be watched carefully because jealousy pops up at weird times and even when they are trying to be playful they are often too rough. So, with a slight gender adjustment (the baby in the story is a boy and we have a girl), we’ve made this story into our own.
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 a book we will be re-reading often in the next several weeks.
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.
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.)
Book Signing: Barnes & Noble Galleria, July 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. (Free)(Book Purchase Required for Signing)
*Trolley Party Tickets are $5 each, and 100% of ticket sales go to the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, a non-profit organization. Because of the popularity of the PJ Parties on the Trolley, we will hold a ticket lottery for the 60 spots on each ride (120 total). For a chance to get tickets, register for the lottery on the Wild Rumpus website anytime between Monday, June 1st and Sunday, June 7th. Winners will be notified on Tuesday, June 9th, and tickets must be picked up and paid for (cash or check) by Sunday, June 14th. After June 14th, we will draw more names from the lottery pool for any unclaimed tickets. You’ll receive an email on the opening day of the lottery with links to registration. You’ll also get a reminder email later in the week and any late breaking PJ Party news. You can register for up to five (5) tickets for each ride (you plus up to four friends). You will need tickets for adults and children over 1 year old.
I received an advance copy of this book to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own; and the ideal timing was coincidental.