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Author Lloyd-Jones, Sally, 1960-

Title How to be a baby : by me, the big sister / Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap
Published London : Walker, 2008
©2007

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Description 30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
regular print
Summary The story begins with the infinitely wise guru of an older sister announcing, "When you're a baby, you are in a crib and not in school." This wonderfully abrupt and confident opening sets the stage perfectly: big sister knows everything in the universe, big sister is doing new baby/us an incredible favor by imparting all this wisdom, and new baby is (at least for now) not so much a person as he is an audience. The how-to manual covers a wide range of topics including "real clothes" versus pajamas, reading, food, fears, baths, manners, friends and sleep, to name a few. Talking: "You talk, but no one knows what you're saying, because you just make it all up." Singing: "You don't know the words. Or the tune. (I know the words and the tune AND THE DANCE.)" Car seats: "You don't even face the right way. (I prefer to sit in a seat like a normal person.)" There are supplementary "what else" lists throughout the book, like "Here's What Else You Can't Do" and "Here's What Toys You Don't Have and You're Not Allowed to Play With." One of the last such lists -- "Here's What Else Babies Are Good At -- cues the book's emotional shift, and the final eight pages celebrate siblinghood while still keeping it real. -- Publisher detail
Subject Infants -- Juvenile fiction.
Sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form Children's stories.
Picture books.
Fiction.
Illustrated works.
Author Heap, Sue, 1954-
ISBN 9781406316964 hardback