Iris thought that having a baby sister would be just like playing with a doll. But newborn Baby Rose is a crabby cake. She fusses and cries and wails so much that Iris decides she needs a new baby sister. But with a little help from her family and her best friend, Walter--and with the passage of time--Iris discovers that being a big sister can be fun . . . some of the time!
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ELISSA HADEN GUEST is the author of the award-winning Iris and Walter series. The first book in the series, Iris and Walter, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, and winner of the PEN Center USA West 2001 Literary Award for Children's Literature. Ms. Guest lives in San Francisco, California.
CHRISTINE DAVENIER is the illustrator of the award-winning Iris and Walter series and many other popular children's books. She lives in Paris, France.
Grades 2-3--Iris is excited about becoming a big sister, but it's a long time from winter until spring when the baby will arrive. Then, reality sets in when Baby Rose is born, possessing a very healthy set of lungs. All she does is "Cry, cry, cry," Iris complains to her friend Walter. He loans her his earmuffs, which helps make the situation more tolerable. When Iris is just about fed up with all the fuss over and the fussiness of the baby, Grandpa takes her on an outing-just the two of them. Over time, Rose begins to grow and is eventually less vocal. Iris finally decides that she likes being a big sister, and is pretty good at it, too. This book is suitable for those just beyond beginning readers, yet not quite ready for longer chapter books. Each page has approximately two to five sentences of text. Davenier's sketches enhance the story of a loving family with parents who help both of their girls fit in. The illustrations are done in pen and ink, filled in with watercolor washes, primarily in shades of blue and pink. A simple story, pleasantly told.
Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152021205