Tumbleweed Baby

by Anna Myers and Charles Vess

The Upagainstitt family is Mama and Papa and five children: three boys (biggish,... read more

The Upagainstitt family is Mama and Papa and five children: three boys (biggish, medium, and smallest) and two girls (not-so-big and littlest-of-all). Then the children find a baby in a tumbleweed. Everyone is enamored of her except the littlest-of-all girl. “She’s a wild-all-over baby ... put her back.” And truly, this baby is a handful. She hates baths but loves to eat with abandon. She’d rather jump on the furniture than lie quietly in bed. She’s almost too much for them, but everyone loves her except littlest-of-all girl. “Name her Sauerkraut,” she suggests. Anna Myers’s tale about a warm, loving family and a youngest sibling unhappy about being displaced isn’t an unfamiliar plotline, but her story is fresh, original, and full of delight. (Ages 4–8)

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

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