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Jacob learns that adults can be scared, too, when his new sibling is born prematurely. While Jacob has his grandma and his faithful teddy bear, Bob, with him at home while his parents are at the hospital, he still feels alone. The book portrays the range of emotions older siblings often have about a new baby, including fear, anger, and resentment, along with the added chalJacob learns that adults can be scared, too, when his new sibling is born prematurely. While Jacob has his grandma and his faithful teddy bear, Bob, with him at home while his parents are at the hospital, he still feels alone. The book portrays the range of emotions older siblings often have about a new baby, including fear, anger, and resentment, along with the added challenges of the preemie’s health concerns and parents’ frequent absences....

Title : The Very Tiny Baby
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ISBN : 9781580894456
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Very Tiny Baby Reviews

  • Jessi
    2019-05-12 10:35

    With a few minor changes, I think that this book would be worth 5 stars. It was really informative, presented from a child's point of view, and was easy to understand. The book is intended for kids who not only have a preemie brother or sister, but are dealing with some of the feelings of resentment that can come along with gaining a sibling- especially one that is special needs or has other health considerations that take up a lot of mom and dad's attention. I recognize that it's important to reach out to these kids and talk about their feelings, but there's one section that probably would have been better to present as a discussion topic in the back of the book, rather than a part of the story. The main character, Jacob, mentions at one point that the baby might die, and there's a little cartoon drawing of a baby with x's for eyes, sprawled on the ground. Maybe it would have been better to draw sad parents instead. Then, Jacob is dealing with feelings of anger and perceived neglect because of the baby. He says "I wish the baby would die" and we're presented with a page that's painted black. I do know that some small children have these feelings and even might express them, without really grasping the finality of death or the way it would upset others to voice these feelings. I personally think it would have been better for Jacob to say something like "I wish the baby wouldn't come home" or "I wish mommy never had the baby", then at the end, parents could be prompted to talk to their kids about the specifics of these feelings. Overall, I think the book was pretty good. I'd recommend a parent or guardian reading the book through first before sitting down to just read it out loud to a child, though.

  • Tricia
    2019-05-08 16:38

    I would recommend you read this book carefully before reading it aloud to your child. It is geared towards preparing a child for the addition of a premature sibling and not just a new baby. Some of the content may not be something your child relates to such as the sibling saying "I wish the baby would die" or the detailed explanation of breast pump operation (my son lost interest at that point).

  • Shannon
    2019-05-13 10:52

    My third baby was very premature. We are approaching his first Christmas now- he's home and doing well. I wanted to have a couple books that more closely lined up to our family's experience of this new baby. It was almost spot on. It was so cool to see our story in a book that we could share with out kids (who experienced it right along with us). My girls didn't have the reaction of wanting the new baby to go away- so that part was not relatable to our specific family but I totally understand how that would be a reaction of a sibling..especially if he or she is becoming a big sibling for the first time. We did have the conversation with our girls that we didn't know if our baby would live. We found it better to be honest with them during the experience. So this was all true to our own experience. Great book for families with a preemie

  • Awjtf
    2019-05-13 17:02

    Very funny book about an older sibling and a new preemie baby!

  • Barbara
    2019-04-25 12:54

    When Jacob learns that a new baby will be arriving soon at his house, he has mixed feelings about this new addition. Those feelings become even more complicated When the baby is born prematurely. As his family members worry about the baby's health, the narrator resents all the attention the baby is getting from his parents and the time being taken away from him. The picture book does a good job of describing his conflicted emotions and then his affection for the very tiny baby once it arrives home. The illustrations, created with micron pens, colored pencils, and gouache, are representative of the type of art someone such as Jacob might create. This book would be a good one for sharing when a new family member is added to the household.

  • Mary
    2019-05-05 14:48

    This is a good book for an older sibling who is working on accepting a baby into their life. Especially a premie. It talks about the feelings that a child has and the fears about no longer being the only child in a family. It's written from the perspective of a child, as well, so that helps connect children to the story. As an FYI, there is discussion of nursing and breast pumps (with hand-drawn pictures) in case anyone is sensitive to that.

  • Mari
    2019-04-21 15:04

    I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to any and all families expecting a new baby. This family has had a premature baby, so not only is the big brother not so sure about this whole thing, everyone is worried and scared. It will be super-useful to some families, and may be interesting to read for other families, but I can totally see an anxiety prone future big sibling getting scared by this one.

  • Pamela
    2019-05-18 13:02

    Although it had some good information in it, I felt disturbed by some statements made by the three year old. The "I wish the baby would die" page is disturbing and I wonder if a 3 year old could even comprehend that concept. Also, suggesting to the child that the baby could die gives them more to worry about.

  • Jasmine Olivia
    2019-05-19 13:51

    Jasmine told me to give this book ZERO STARS, but I thought I would be generous and give it two stars. This book is horrible! Horrible illustrations, and it's too graphic for children. I don't think the little boy wishing his baby brother would die is appropriate for children, though some might say it, my child was shocked to see those words on the page. Eek!

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-19 10:55

    This is not an ideal book for a read aloud. Small pictures and serious subject matter about a preemie baby. But, a definite reader's advisory for parents looking about discussing this subject with their new siblings.

  • Amy
    2019-05-08 10:52

    If you or someone you knows has a premie baby, then this is a great book to help an older child come to an understanding of what is occurring and how to deal with it. I think my favorite illustration is the mother using the breast pump...there is a picture of a breast albeit a benign cartoon one.

  • Baby Books
    2019-04-28 11:44

    I'm not opposed to a serious children's book looking at premature birth, and I'm not opposed to "big sibling not happy about the baby" storylines. But this story told from the child's point of view was very unenjoyable to read to my daughter.

  • Esther
    2019-05-09 17:56

    A good concept book to talk about preemies, and their more stressful arrival into a family. An older brother talks about his feelings, waiting for this baby, and walks the reader / listener through the process.

  • Erin
    2019-05-15 14:45

    Preemies. New sibling.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-09 15:46

    Bibliotherapy is easy to get wrong. This book will work well for little kids in this situation. I wouldn't read it aloud for a generic storytime, but it does what it sets out to do nicely.

  • Cassie
    2019-04-27 15:44

    Great book talking about preemies and how their siblings cope.