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May 31 2013

Dino-baby by Mark Sperring

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Ill. by Sam Lloyd. Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN 9781408836729.
(Age: 3+) Picture book. Dinosaurs. Babies. Now that mummy dinosaur has given birth to her new baby brother, big sister must change her ways. She can no longer get up in the morning, banging and crashing her way around the house. Instead she must remain quiet for baby-dino to sleep. She cannot play rough and tumble games with him as he is so new and tiny, but must learn to cuddle, and hold and kiss the little chap. And instead of snatching away things that belong to her, she must learn to share and be helpful with the new baby.
The tale of the baby dinosaur follows the story of the day in the life of any baby, its need for quiet to sleep, its need to feel loved and safe, showcasing for the children to whom the book is read just what a day's routine with a baby in the house is like. For new brothers and sisters where a sibling has arrived in the house, the book outlines the changes that will need to be made in their lives, simply and directly, with bold, bright illustrations and seemingly simple text.
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