Are you a mom ready to give birth to second child? Do you already have an older child who is having a hard time accepting a new baby?

If you answered yes to either question, I highly recommend reading Kevin McNamee’s newly published What is that Thing?.

A new baby sister or brother can present a great threat to the older sibling. Often the older sibling has a hard time understanding why mommy and daddy have to give attention to the new baby.

The main character, Jenna, uses her imagination in a fun way to escape the reality of having a brand new baby sister. What a clever approach to teaching children that new siblings aren’t so bad after all.

Jenna eventually learns to accept her baby sister by interacting with her. Jenna touches her baby sister’s waving hands and the baby squeezes Jenna’s finger and smiles a big toothless grin.

Allowing the older sibling to interact with the new baby is one way to help defuse any misunderstandings.

This cute and heartwarming story should be read to all children who already have or are about to have a new addition to their family.

Further value is added by the award-winning artist K.C. Snider, who elevates the story with her top-notch illustrations.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by diane on March 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    It is so hard on the first when the second comes along! What a cute book to help ease the transition!



  2. I had a wonderful book relating to this subject matter that i used when my mothers was having their second child, i was teaching then. I am going to add this one to my collection of children books i have at my house, for the young kinfolk that visits


  3. Sounds like a fun book. Thanks for sharing!


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