Mama is going to have another baby. I wonder if she’ll be like me? What will it be like with a sister? Will I have to share everything?
Title: Mama’s Belly
Author: Kate Hosford
Illustrator: Abigail Halpin
ISBN: 9781419728419 Language: English
Themes: siblings, pregnancy, change
What’s it about?
This is the story of expecting parents who already have a daughter. It looks at the thoughts, feelings, and questions that a child may be experiencing in preparation for the baby joining the family.
I love the simplicity of this story. The child led questions and thoughts – how she sees the changes in her mother – what she tries to do to help her mother. There is also some variation in the text presentation – such as when the girl wants to know when the baby is coming – that adds a lot of life to the story. Abigail’s illustrations are just so beautiful and rich with colour and talking points.
I wanted more! (not babies; just the story itself!)
The cover really drew me into this book – I mean, just look at the cover – the illustrations are delicious (and what more could you ask for when the book is about a new baby about to be born?)
This book for me best suits the home environment. It’s the picture book you would get to talk with your child about the impending arrival of a sibling. The story has a lovely flow showing Mama’s bond with her daughter, how her husband helps out where he can, and how even Mama gets tired and needs a nap (and how the daughter decides to help her mama even with that!).
In addition, the illustrations tell a story of their own. They are delightfully detailed and alive. If your child is very young (say 1-2.5 years old) you may find it easier to just talk about the changes you and your child see in the pictures – such as Mama walking outside in the wild at the beginning versus her arching her back in the kitchen scene versus needing a nap.
If I was expecting another baby (no plans!!) then this would be a wonderful book to sit down with my kids to read. It allows for them to make connections with the baby and the girl and the situation – and therefore allows them to ask questions. I’m not sure that this is one I would ever use in the classroom but definitely one I would recommend to an expecting parent.