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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; Revised ed. edition (25 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061900656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061900655
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From the Back Cover

My Big Boy Potty

My Big Girl Potty

When You Were Inside Mommy

Sharing is Fun

About the Author

Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.


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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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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Not for me. Im a breastfeeding mum and this book only shows bottles. I want my boy to know that baby gets milk straight from mum.
Also our little boy cant eat wheat or sugar so the pizza and ice cream references arent appropriate or helpful either. Shame as the message in the rest of the book is spot on.
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I bought this book for my son while I was pregnant with our second baby. Hhe was only 22 months old himself when his little sister arrived but was well prepared for it! She is now 4 months old and I have not had to deal with much jealousy at all and I really do credit this book for it! my son is the kind of boy that graps concepts very well from books and likes to associate himself with characters in his books so this was a wonderful book for him as its written in the first person (little boy's perspective). Its also great as it showed my son that despite the new baby coming he still very much holds his own special place in the family.

This book, combined with having his little sister await him in hospital with his favourite chocolate in her hand when he came to visit her for the first time, set them up for a (largely) rivalry free relationship.
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