|The New Baby by Ruth and Harold Shane, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. Golden Books, 1975 edition.|
[Oops. Technically, it's Tuesday, but I keep getting sidetracked.]
When my mother was pregnant with my little sister in 1979/early 1980, my parents gifted me two Little Golden Books about new baby sisters. One was Baby Dear by Esther Wilkin, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. That one I have kept in my collection. I was so excited to receive the other book in the mail today! This is the 1975 edition of The New Baby, all about little Mike and what happens when his little sister is born.
The book begins with a special delivery. What is in the huge box? A baby buggy, it turns out. This is how Mike's parents tell him about the coming baby.
I love the sweet Eloise Wilkin illustrations. Mike's mom looks lovely in her seventies maternity wear.
Soon, Mike's Aunt Pat comes to stay with the family. She is there to watch Mike when the time comes for his parents to go to the hospital, and she will stay to help out with the new baby.
Another delivery truck comes to the house. Mike asks if his parents are having another baby. After all, the last time a truck arrived, his parents told him he was about to be a big brother.
His father tells him, no, this package is for Mike!
A big boy bed! Now Mike's baby sister can have his crib.
I always loved the scene in the book when Mike's mother comes home. And look at the neighbor and her daughter, running over from next door. I lived in a neighborhood with lots of kids when I was tiny. This scene looked very familiar.
While I'm just now getting around to replacing my copy of this beloved book, I did come across another treat a few years ago: the original 1948 edition of The New Baby! So, now you know what to expect tomorrow on Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes...
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