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Edgar’s Second Word

by Audrey Vernick
Illustrated by Priscilla Burris

Published by Clarion, 2014
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-547-68462-8

Ages 4-7

Hazel waited a long time for her baby brother to arrive. In the meantime, she read to her bunny, Rodrigo. When Edgar finally comes, Hazel discovers he “wasn’t much different from Rodrigo. Or a pillow. Or a watermelon.” Hazel’s mother records first in Edgar’s baby book while Hazel waits for the “first that mattered. Edgar’s first word.” When Edgar finally speaks, but it’s not the joyful occasion Hazel hoped for: Edgar’s first word is “No!” and he wields it with passion, conviction, and abandon. But at bedtime one night, she snuggles him onto her lap. He settles with a “tired-baby gravity” and listens to her read a story. When Hazel is done, Edgar says his second word: “Again.” And his third. “Again, ’azel?” Fresh descriptive language and fine pacing distinguish a picture book offering a humorous yet honest look at some of the highs and lows of being an older sibling. Highly Commended, 2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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