The Very Tiny Baby

by Sylvie Kantorovitz

When Jacob’s new sibling is born prematurely, it’s scary seeing his mom,... read more

When Jacob’s new sibling is born prematurely, it’s scary seeing his mom, dad, and grandma all so worried. With his parents at the hospital so much, Jacob also feels ignored. “Even when Mommy and Daddy are home they are not paying attention either. They are all thinking about the baby.” At one powerful moment he says, “I wish the baby would die.” His Grandma is great at reassuring him, and also providing him with simple and honest information. (“Is the baby going to die? Grandma doesn’t know.” “Grandma says I will not get sick, too.”) Time passes, the baby gets stronger, and Jacob goes to the hospital, where he has to wash his hands and put on a special gown before seeing the baby. Eventually, the baby is strong enough to come home. “Hello, tiny baby.” The honesty of Jacob’s voice and feelings stand out in this informative story illustrated to look like Jacob’s own drawings of events as they unfold. (Ages 3–6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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