Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born
Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born

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Genre: Health Biology
Catalog Number: #208875
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Chin, Jason,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8234-4161-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7318-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8234-4161-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7318-8
Dewey: 612.6
LCCN: 2018010215
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
What happens when a new baby is on its way? This touching book describes milestones both inside and outside of a mother's belly over the course of nine months.A small family consisting of a mother, a father, and a small girl (all people of color with light skin and black hair) are having a fine winter's day out. Meanwhile, detailed illustrations of a single egg and its divisions begin the story of what's happening inside the mother. Each page turn brings spare, poetic text that illuminates another month of the baby's development on the left side and that also complements the scenes unfolding on the right side: a new "big sister" T-shirt, seeing the ultrasound, putting together a crib. Captions also inform readers about the timeline of fetal development and sizes. As the mother's belly grows, the verso illustrations begin to expand, and by the eighth and ninth months, an actual-size painting of a fully developed fetus takes up most of the spread, while a grandmother arrives in the squished panel on the right. Then, finally, "Loved ones arrive": both baby and family. As usual, Chin's (Pie is for Sharing, 2018, etc.) watercolor-and-gouache paintings are exquisite, conveying both scientific details and a loving extended family. Four pages of backmatter about gestation and babies follow, including a sensitive paragraph on "What if…something goes wrong?"Children both young and old will be captivated by the details of fetal development and the story of a family preparing for and welcoming a new member. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 3-8)
Publishers Weekly
Realistic, light-infused paintings by Chin (Grand Canyon) and spare rhymes by Paul (Are We Pears Yet?) highlight a fetus-s developmental milestones inside a mother-s womb while outside, a family lovingly prepares, month by month, for the baby-s arrival. Labeled illustrations of dividing cells, an embryo, then a fetus (depicted actual size from months four to nine) sit opposite inviting scenes of the family at the same stage getting ready to welcome its newest member. -Lips./ Flips./ Curve, dip, and groove./ She has a face./ She likes to move!- declares the -Month Five- spread, which attends the family assembling a crib. Along the way, the expecting parents proffer a -big sister- T-shirt to their preschool-age child, and mother and daughter share tender tummy-touching moments prior to the birth, which is marked by a close-up of the squalling newborn. Illustrated back matter explains the gestational stages in greater depth. Additional sections compare human and animal gestation spans and straightforwardly answer questions about multiple and premature births, as well as miscarriages. This appealing treatment of the subject strikes a perfect balance between biology-minus the birds and bees-and a gentle relevancy for young, soon-to-be siblings. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
What happens when a new baby is on its way? This touching book describes milestones both inside and outside of a mother's belly over the course of nine months.A small family consisting of a mother, a father, and a small girl (all people of color with light skin and black hair) are having a fine winter's day out. Meanwhile, detailed illustrations of a single egg and its divisions begin the story of what's happening inside the mother. Each page turn brings spare, poetic text that illuminates another month of the baby's development on the left side and that also complements the scenes unfolding on the right side: a new "big sister" T-shirt, seeing the ultrasound, putting together a crib. Captions also inform readers about the timeline of fetal development and sizes. As the mother's belly grows, the verso illustrations begin to expand, and by the eighth and ninth months, an actual-size painting of a fully developed fetus takes up most of the spread, while a grandmother arrives in the squished panel on the right. Then, finally, "Loved ones arrive": both baby and family. As usual, Chin's (Pie is for Sharing, 2018, etc.) watercolor-and-gouache paintings are exquisite, conveying both scientific details and a loving extended family. Four pages of backmatter about gestation and babies follow, including a sensitive paragraph on "What if…something goes wrong?"Children both young and old will be captivated by the details of fetal development and the story of a family preparing for and welcoming a new member. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 3-8)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* The parents of a small child tell her that she is going to be a big sister. Caldecott honoree Chin's detailed gouache and watercolor illustrations skillfully depict the changes in the fetus month-by-month; they also show the family of three and its activities. Verso pages have drawings of the fetus developing, while the recto pages show the family's movements as they wait and prepare for the new infant. Pictures of month four through month nine reveal the actual size of the growing baby, while the illustrations of the first three months tell what the size would be and show a magnified illustration. The story is told in short rhymes: "Lashes. / Flashes. / Systems grow strong. / Feel all those hiccups! / Feel her stretch long." A double spread on month three pictures the pregnant woman having an ultrasound: "Grow. / Hello. / The size of a grape. / More features form . . . / See them take shape." Readers watch the seasons change, from late winter to summer to fall, as the baby grows and gets ready for birth. The last picture of the unborn child takes a full double spread. A fun and interesting addendum, "More about Babies," consists of four pages filled with facts about babies before they are born.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

Join a family of three who spend nine whole months waiting, from a frosty winter through a sun-dappled summer, until finally . . . a baby is here.

A 2019 Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor Recipient

A soon-to-be big sister and her parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby in the family. Alternating panels depict what the family is experiencing in tandem with how the baby is growing, spanning everything from receiving the news about the new baby to the excitement of its arrival.

In this pregnancy book unlike any other one out there, watch what's actually happening through meticulously detailed, actual size illustrations, perfectly paired with a lyrical yet informative text, and culminating in a warm, joyful birth scene.

Complete with backmatter that includes an elaboration on pregnancy, a list of amazing things babies can do before they're born, and more, Miranda Paul and Caldecott Honor Artist Jason Chin deliver another spectacular nonfiction picture book.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Horn Book Best Book of the Year


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