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Anholt Family Favourites: Sophie and the New Baby Paperback – 16 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (16 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843625822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843625827
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 0.4 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,185,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a career spanning three decades, LAURENCE ANHOLT has produced over 200 children's books, which are published in more than 30 languages. His books have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Nestlé Smarties Gold Award on two occasions.

Titles such as the hilarious SERIOUSLY SILLY STORIES and the self-illustrated ANHOLT'S ARTISTS series have sold many millions of copies around the world. Laurence has also collaborated on numerous picture books with his wife, the artist, Catherine Anholt.

Laurence's debut novel for Young Adults will be published by Penguin Random House in January 2016. THE HYPNOTIST is an extraordinary tale of prejudice and tolerance set in the Deep South of America in 1963 - A slice of history, a sprinkle of magic realism and a twist of humour!

Born in 1959, Laurence Anholt was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting love of Art. He went on to study Painting for 8 years, culminating in a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London. Catherine and Laurence live and work in a house on a hill with studios and wild flower meadows, overlooking the sea in Devon, southwest England.

For more than a decade, Laurence has been amongst the top 200 Most Borrowed Authors from UK libraries across all genres. He was included in the Independent on Sunday's Top 10 Children's Authors in the UK and was described by William Watt as "one of the most versatile authors writing for children today".

Catherine and Laurence have been closely involved with a number of literacy schemes such as the UK Government funded Bookstart scheme. Their publication Babies Love Books (also a much-loved picture book) encourages parents to share books with babies from the earliest possible age. Their work has taken them inside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on several occasions.

Laurence's self‐illustrated ANHOLT'S ARTISTS series, is an introduction to great artists for young children. This multi-million selling series is used as part of the national school curriculum in many countries and is sold in galleries and museums all over the world. The books, which include CAMILLE AND THE SUNFLOWERS, DEGAS AND THE LITTLE DANCER and THE MAGICAL GARDEN OF CLAUDE MONET have taken Laurence on many fascinating journeys of discovery. Each scrupulously researched story is based on an actual encounter between a real child and a great artist. In several instances, Laurence has been assisted by relatives of the artists or by the protagonists themselves - for example, Laurence developed a long-standing friendship with Sylvette David, Picasso's Girl With a Ponytail. This series currently includes 9 titles and it has been adapted in many forms, including Apps for iPads, stage and TV productions and a full scale van Gogh musical which Laurence launched in Korea. The Anholt's Artists books are renowned not only for their educational value, but also for their life-affirming themes of aspiration, tolerance and acceptance of those who are different.

Laurence Anholt is a much sought after public speaker, talking about literature and his own zany view of life at conferences such as the European Council of International Schools Conference, the Society of Authors' Bi-Annual Conference and the Edinburgh Festival.

The Anholts have three grown up children, Claire and twins, Tom and Maddy. Claire is an anthropologist who works for the UN Secretariat in New York, Maddy is an actor living in London and Tom is a successful artist based in Berlin.

Laurence Anholt's interests include art, literature, adventure travel and Buddhist meditation.

For further information visit the Anholts' website: http://www.anholt.co.uk

Follow Laurence on Twitter: @LaurenceAnholt

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A story about learning that life keeps changing - just as the seasons do (Families Magazine)

The Anholts' books are my absolute favourites when it comes to illustrations (parentdish.co.uk)

Book Description

Sophie watches the seasons change as she impatiently waits for the arrival of her sibling. Then she discovers that newborn babies are not always easy to cope with.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
A wonderful story which acknowledges the emotional ups and downs experienced by a small girl whose existence is about to be turned upside down by the arrival of a new baby. The story is brought to life through the imaginative use of the Seasons to illustrate the passage of time. A concept easily grasped by our three year old daughter (called Sophie) whose brother was born nine months ago. Our whole family recognised the little girl in the story and it provided an ideal opportunity for us to discuss the issues raised.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2002
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This is a beautiful story, which reduced me to tears! It is presented with excellent illustrations, and the tale makes the concept of a new baby easy to grasp.
My 3 year old loves it, and I still read it to her now that her brother is 6 months old. He has been referred to as 'our Autumn baby' from pregnancy onwards, because of the Winter baby in this book.
A perfect gift for a little girl expecting a brother.
My only slight reservation is the handling of the concept of jealousy, as 'Sophie' is forced to play alone in the garden when mummy and daddy are too busy with the baby.
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By Mummy0412 on 24 Oct. 2013
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Bought as a present for a relative. Lovely story and great for children of all ages. It is the story of a little girl called Sophie and the arrival of a new baby in the family. Really good for helping children understand the changes that occur with a new sibling.
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By Linda on 26 Sept. 2013
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I bought this for my 5 year old as I was expecting at the time. it helped prepare her for our new arrival. lovely story. thanks.
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