Hello In There!  by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey

Hello In There! By Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey

Sometimes it seems like waiting for babies to be born takes forever, so the big sister in this lift-the-flap book creates a connection with her new little sister while she’s still inside mama’s belly. She talks to the baby, and sings to her. She reassures the baby, explaining she will “chase away shadows” and that “surprises are waiting.” For each statement from the big sister, the reader can lift the flap to see the baby as big sister imagines her, complete with background such as wallpaper, nature, or whatever the big sister visualizes inside the expanding belly. Finally the big sister invites the baby to come out and play, the belly is conspicuously absent, and at the next page turn Big Sister is happily holding Baby.
This is a comforting book that will be chosen over and over by big sisters anticipating little sisters. Now we need a similar tale for big brothers waiting for their little brothers!

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