Love the Baby

Love the Baby


By (author) Steven L Layne, Illustrated by Ard Hoyt

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  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 287mm x 13mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2007
  • ISBN 10: 1589803922
  • ISBN 13: 9781589803923
  • Sales rank: 505,315

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"Layne's take on the familiar theme is sweet and direct enough even for young children to graspi1/2the picturesi1/2pair nicely with the straightforward text, giving it a zesty layer of humor."--Booklist Older siblings are notorious for reluctantly welcoming home a new bundle of joy, and many parents know the difficulty of teaching the firstborn to "love the baby." In this new picture book by the award-winning team of Steven Layne and Ard Hoyt, the refrain of "looooove the baby" is repeated often enough for it to eventually come true for the once insecure and spiteful older brother. The transition occurs when Baby cries and cries one night-and no one comes to help. Awakened by the cries, the older brother comes to Baby's rescue. He makes Baby giggle and sing and builds a giant tower of blocks. He reads Baby his favorite book. Once Baby is finally asleep, the big brother notices with pride that he really does love the baby after all!Parents and teachers alike will appreciate how this book lightly and humorously approaches such a weighty subject for children awaiting a new sibling. The colorful illustrations of bunnies allow kids of all backgrounds and ages to relate and recognize themselves in the story.

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"Everywhere we went, everybody told me, 'Loooove the baby!'""This story could well become a favorite for children who are grappling with accepting a new baby into the family."--School Library Journal"Steven Layne is one of our favorite teachers--and authors . . . "Love the Baby" is a clever take on sibling jealousy when a new baby comes home."--Teaching K-8"Layne's take on the familiar theme is sweet and direct enough even for very young children to grasp."--BooklistWhen Baby arrives on the scene, the new big brother's transition from only child to sibling is not an easy one. As he pretends to do what family and friends are all suggesting--love the baby--his misery mounts! But when Baby needs a hero in the night, big brother saves the day and discovers, to his great surprise, that he really does love the baby after all.A chance meeting in 2004 led to instant friendship for Steven Layne and Ard Hoyt. Now, these experienced fathers have teamed up for a story of sibling rivalry and redemption that is both hilarious and heartwarming.