BookDragon Books for the Diverse Reader

Hello in There! A Big Sister’s Book of Waiting by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey

Hello in ThereFor anyone with a child who will soon become an older sibling, this book is IT. And if that lucky elder happens to be a sister-in-waiting, this couldn’t be more perfect.

“You’re in there and I’m out here, outside Mama’s belly. I’m waiting for you!” the ineffable little girl announces to the bump that is her mother’s belly. As the pregnancy progresses, the colorful bulge on the left side of each double-page spread continues to grow; a small flap allows a growing peek into the sleeping, pink-cheeked bundle within as the little girl merrily demonstrates what a wonderful older sister she will be!

She offers a light in case the belly is too dark, is ready to share her favorite sweet surprises (as are the ants, ahem), draws bathtime pictures of possible family resemblances, sings songs, and announces her excitement: “You are already part of the family.” With her mother’s belly about to burst, she beckons, “… we’re all waiting for you. Come out and play!” with promises of all the adventures she’s planning to share.

Then, momentarily, the belly disappears (a blank page save for a few words) … until Mommy and Daddy’s legs walk back on the next page … and sure enough, “Hello, Baby! You’re finally here. And I am finally a Big Sister!”

Exuberant and charming, adorable and playful, imaginative and interactive, Hello is … well … literally perfect.

Readers: Children

Published: 2013 (United States)


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