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I'm a Big Brother [Paperback]

Joanna Cole
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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (1 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688145078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688145071
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 16.3 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A child eagerly welcomes home his new baby brother.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought a copy of this book for a friend who was expecting her second child and it proved a great buy! It tackles the difficult issue of explaining to the older child how different life will be with a new baby. The book is very child-centred, pointing out that the baby can't do much at first but stressing how the big brother can get involved from the start. It also highlights all the things the big one can do that the little one can't! The gender of the baby isn't mentioned, so it can easily be read before the new baby arrives.
The best page for me is the one near the end which says: "Mummy loves me. Daddy loves me. I'm the only ME in the whole world!" which neatly explains that no matter how many children you have, each is special for themselves.
The only problems for the UK market are some Americanisms - "Mommy" and "diaper", but I just say "Mummy" and "nappy" - it's a good thing pre-schoolers can't read! Also, and this bothered me as a former breastfeeding mum, the baby is shown being bottlefed by the big brother, which would need to be carefully explained. I wish more books would show mums breastfeeding! Despite these difficulties, it's a lovely book - and apparently there's another edition, using the same text, called "I'm a Big Sister".
I liked it so much I bought another copy for my son, even though I wasn't pregnant, but ended up passing it on to yet another friend who was expecting her second. It became her 21-month old's favourite book. Hopefully I'll be putting an order through for another copy soon .... for myself!
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This book hits the spot! It was a wonderful idea to design a brother version and a sister version of the same book. I'm so glad that there are talented authors and illustrators that know just how to introduce a sensative issue to a young child in such an appropriate, positive way. I found it helpful to introduce this book about 2 or 3 months before the new baby arrives. I like how the simple text plays up the fact that the baby can't do many things that the big brother CAN do. And, the book continues to gently set the stage of sibling reality--that the new little person is going to need quite a bit of help(attention). This A-Z guide has a number of pertinent chapters to this topic including: the new baby, bad words, bedtime, biting, sibling rivalry, "I hate you", the "gimmes", interrupting, lying, self-esteem, and separation anxiety. There are a variety of issues that can arise for the preschooler and his parents when a new baby comes into the family.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I bought a copy of this book for a friend who was expecting her second child and it proved a great buy! It tackles the difficult issue of explaining to the older child how different life will be with a new baby. The book is very child-centred, pointing out that the baby can't do much at first but stressing how the big brother can get involved from the start. It also highlights all the things the big one can do that the little one can't! The gender of the baby isn't mentioned, so it can easily be read before the new baby arrives.
The best page for me is the one near the end which says: "Mummy loves me. Daddy loves me. I'm the only ME in the whole world!" which neatly explains that no matter how many children you have, each is special for themselves.
The only problems for the UK market are some Americanisms - "Mommy" and "diaper", but I just say "Mummy" and "nappy" - it's a good thing pre-schoolers can't read! Also, and this bothered me as a former breastfeeding mum, the baby is shown being bottlefed by the big brother, which would need to be carefully explained. I wish more books would show mums breastfeeding! Despite these difficulties, it's a lovely book - and apparently there's another edition, using the same text, called "I'm a Big Sister".
I liked it so much I bought another copy for my son, even though I wasn't pregnant, but ended up passing it on to yet another friend who was expecting her second. It became her 21-month old's favourite book. Hopefully I'll be putting an order through for another copy soon .... for myself!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help 4 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
I came across this book in a pregnancy magazine when I was expecting my 2nd child and bought it. My son loved the pictures and it was a great way to explain what would happen when his little brother was born. Although I do wish it had shown the baby being breast fed! My 1st son didn't have any problems with jealousy and I'm sure I owe some of that to this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did the trick 5 Sep 2007
By Saffron
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my son to be presented to him on the birth of our second child.
Despite the "americanisms" it did exactly what we hoped it would - explained that at forst the new baby will not be able to play, will need lots of help, and will cry quite a lot. The book also takes pains to remind him that he is still our special person, and that having a sibling will eventually become fun.

Although this book is aimed firmly at pre-schoolers, my son was 6 when his sister arrived, and it still helped him assimilate the idea of no longer being the sole child in the house. It also gave us the opportunity to continue our passtime of reading to him (and therefore making him feel special) whilst getting the point across. very much recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
This really helped with my grandson's preparation for the arrival of his baby sister - he really enjoyed reading it!
Published 10 months ago by Judy Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars An ok book
I bought this book for my nephew. He reads its every so often but it isnt one that he loves. I'd recomend getting it on rental from the library rather than buying it.
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by Leanne Crookes
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better books out there for the same purpose.
I bought this book for my 27month old and I'm not really impressed. There are better ones to choose from. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by jenniewren26
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill book for little boy/big brother to be.
I really really liked this book and so did my 2yr old son. It doesn't state the gender of the baby which is great. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by anon
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
We bought this book to prepare our 3 year old for the arrival of his new sibling - he loved it and it helped to explain what would happen when the baby arrived. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2010 by KLM
1.0 out of 5 stars Better for older toddlers
I bought this book for my 21 month old to explain the concept of his impending sibling!

My little boy is not interested in it, I am not sure if it is because it has... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2010 by perpetual browser
1.0 out of 5 stars Diapers!!
Although the book has a good story and the right message it's not really appropriate for the English (as in not American) market as it uses words like Diaper rather than nappy -... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2010 by NellPlop
5.0 out of 5 stars great for preparing our son for the arrival of his little sister
We ordered this book hoping that it would be appropriate for our 21 month old son before the arrival of his baby sister (who has yet to arrive!). He absolutely loves the book. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2009 by Mr. M. Kanwal
5.0 out of 5 stars v helpful
we got this to read to our 18 month son when his sister arrived in his world and substituted his name and hers into the book. It's simple and sweet and reassuring.
Published on 17 Aug 2009 by J. Soames
3.0 out of 5 stars 7/10 on the whole ok but disappointed that bottle-fed baby
Was very disappointed this book only showed bottle feeding. I would have been more happy to have seen bottle feeding by Dad if it also showed breastfeeding by mum. Read more
Published on 21 May 2009 by R. Banfield
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