A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows what it's like to have a new baby in the house. Provides an opportunity to talk about what it means to be patient, especially when there's a sleeping baby at home.
Though impulses can be hard to control, kids can learn to be patient -- and quiet at times. Thinking of others makes the family work better together. Kids respond best when rules are explained rather than merely enforced.
Positive Role Models
Though Gwendolyn Grace tries one thing after another to test her mother while the baby is sleeping, she does cooperate. She's playful and finally realizes that if she can just be patient, they'll all have fun in the end, once naptime's over. The mother takes time to explain the rule when it seems that Gwendolyn has a problem getting it right.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gwendolyn Grace, by bestselling author Katherine Hannigan (Ida B.), is a light, bright, bouncy book about one big sister (an alligator in a pink tutu) adjusting to a new baby in the house -- and especially the need for quiet during naptime. The story is a simple series of too-noisy activities as Gwendolyn tests her mom's new rule until finally she learns that if she's a little patient, they'll all have fun in the end. A great book for kids adjusting to a new infant sibling.
Is It Any Good?
This light, bright bouncy story about a rambunctious little alligator in a pink tutu would be a perfect read for anyone introducing a new baby to a slightly older sibling. The text is simple, playful, and fun, brought to life by the stream of energetic, expressive watercolor illustrations. Readers will want to join the boisterous Gwendolyn as she marches around the kitchen or slides down the steps. And they'll feel how hard it is for her when her mother tells her time and again that she must quiet down. The resolution is positive for all, and big sister learns an important lesson about being patient.
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