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School Library Journal Review
PreS In this succinctly written story, Rosie's brother Bobby is born early, the "smallest, weakest little hare ever," and Rosie is afraid for him. This fear keeps her away from the baby until her parents think she does not like him. When she confides the truth to her dad, he helps her overcome her worries by telling her a story about a tortoise who was slow and steady, just like Bobby's growth. This reassures Rosie, who is now ready to hold her brother for the first time. Uncluttered pencil-and-watercolor sketches highlight the characters and bits of their surroundings. The illustrations extend the story; Rosie wears a concerned expression on her face until the end when her smile shows that she is sure her brother will be all right. Many books have been written about new babies in the family, but this one is unique in its focus on teeny, tiny premature babies. Kathleen Staerkel, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
In a different angle on the new sibling story, Rosie the hare looks forward to her brother's birth, but when he comes too early, she's scared to touch such a tiny newborn. Her father patiently explains in an overlong story-within-the-story that Bobby is slow and steady, just like a tortoise, but he'll be big before long. The design and artwork bear a strong resemblance to McBratney's [cf2]Guess How Much I Love You[cf1], but the content is unique. From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
The premature birth of her brother alarms Rosie, who must learn to accept her tiny sibling into her life. Rosie, a young rabbit, eagerly awaits the arrival of her new baby brother. However, when Bobby is born early, this frail creature is not at all what she expected. Afraid, she ignores him; refusing to hold him, push his carriage, or rock his cradle. Her wise father resolves the dilemma for the perplexed little hare with a poignant story about two friends: Tortoise and Hare. When Tortoise and Hare get separated while out in the woods, Tortoise is left to journey home in the dark. Gradually but persistently, he continues on until Hare returns with a lantern. The moral, Rosie quickly understands, is that, like Tortoise, Bobby's progress is slow but steady. Wild uses food analogies ingeniously to describe Bobby's growth; he weighs as much as an onion when born, but soon increases from potato to turnip-size--surely, Rosie reasons, pumpkin size can't be far away! These whimsical descriptions clarify the mysterious lingo of grams or ounces traditionally used to calculate a preemie's crucial development. While this text deals specifically with premature infants, it works equally well for apprehensive siblings of any newborn. Brooks's watercolor illustrations are infinitely sweet, capturing both tender family moments and the bouncy, playful exuberance of young Rosie. The layout of the text and the illustrations are faintly reminiscent of another sentimental rabbit tale: Guess How Much I Love You (not reviewed). Fans of that work will surely embrace this warm-hearted story. The soft pastel illustrations, printed on coarsely grained, creamy-colored paper and the meticulous hand-lettering lend a homespun feel to the book. A cozy tale to share with siblings. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.