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Little Rabbit's New Baby

by Harry Horse

Published by Peachtree, 2008
32 pages
ISBN: 9781561454310

Ages 3-6

The topic of siblings and new babies is a familiar one in the realm of children’s picture books. This emotional terrain is delicately and humorously traversed in a story offering great appeal to young readers (especially if their “only child” status is about to change) and a few details deliberately intended for an adult audience. At first overjoyed with the idea of being a big brother, Little Rabbit’s expectations shift when he visits Mama in the rabbit hospital (an extremely productive unit, as evidenced by the wall-to-wall beds). “But there wasn’t just one baby. There were three babies! Papa had to sit down. The nurse gave him a cup of tea. Three babies!” There are other surprises in store for the new big brother—his baby siblings aren’t ready to play or keep company the way Little Rabbit anticipates. With time, everyone grows into their new roles in this well-paced, delightfully illustrated picture book.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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