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The Baby on the Way

by Karen English

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The illustrations in the book are just warming. I think this is a would be a great choice to introduce students to explaining old folktales and how they are told. ( )
  rrobinson2 | Nov 20, 2013 |
Inspiring book for children to give them a sense of empowerment and welcoming for a new baby in the family. Using this book as a tool to make understand that they were once a baby on the way. This book opens the door for questions about being a baby or welcoming a new one. ( )
  lnfranklin | Sep 15, 2013 |
This is good book to teach kids the importance of oral tradition and storytelling. ( )
  ktankers | Sep 2, 2013 |
Summary:
Set in modern day a boys asks his grandma if she was ever a baby. She says yes. She then tells him about how she was born. She tells about how when her mom was about to have her they had to get the midwife, and her sisters. The kids were not allowed inside the house until she had the grandmother. It goes back to the little boy and how be might be asked that question because he has a little sibling on the way.

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This book was good but I had a little difficulty connecting everything together. The pictures were great just the flow of the book was off. It goes back to older times and it may be a little hard for some kids to grasp it all.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Talk about siblings and how they each felt when they were born.
2. Have kids draw their families. ( )
  ShelbyStancil | Mar 12, 2012 |
This story would seem to be about a baby being added to a family soon, but it's Grandma's story. It's a question that many kids wonder, "Was my mom, dad, grandma, grandpa," and so on, ever a baby? The book is also a great example of intergenerational relationship: grandmother and grandson.
Touching story.

Can use for children who are dealing with a new baby in the family or who are cared for by grandparents. ( )
  kjarthur | Aug 7, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374373612, Hardcover)

By the Coretta Scott King Honor author
In an urban rooftop garden, a young African American boy named Jamal initiates an intriguing conversation with his grandmother when he asks her if she was ever a baby. Turns out Grandma was even once ?the baby on the way,? and she proceeds to tell the story of her birth, the tenth child in a poor farming family. As she discusses the events and traditions that accompanied her welcome to the world, from the fetching of the midwife to a folkways ritual of drinking water from a thimble, vivid, expressionistic paintings from a talented new illustrator evoke the past.

A gentle and satisfying book that will inspire young readers to gather other stories about being the baby on the way.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:32 -0400)

When a young boy asks his grandmother if she was ever a baby, she tells him the story of how she was born.

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