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Stacy Had a Little Sister (A Concept Book)

by Wendie C. Old

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"Stacy Had a Little Sister," is about a little girl named Stacy who is now a big sister. Her mom and dad had another baby and they named her Ashley. Stacy's father brought home pictures of Ashley for Stacy and her Gramma to see. He even gave Stacy her very own Ashley picture to keep. Stacy wasn't sure she liked her new baby sister. After her mother and Ashley got home from the hospital, everyone came over and made a big fuss over the baby. Stacy asked her father when would Ashley be able to play with her. Her father told her to wait and see, she will grow. So, Stacy waited and waited and waited. Ashley was a few months old but still not old enough to play with Stacy. Sometimes, Stacy loved Ashley, but other times she was angry when her parents spent time taking care of Ashley and didn't give her any attention. One morning, Stacy woke up early and heard someone crying, but it wasn't Ashley. It was her Gramma crying. Stacy was confused and wondered why Gramma was over in the middle of the night. Then, her mother told her that something bad had happened to Ashley; she died in her sleep. The next couple of days confused Stacy and she overheard Uncle Don talking to her parents about something called SIDS; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. After Ashley's funeral, things at home changed. Both of her parents cried a lot, her mother yelled at her father and her father stopped talking to almost everyone. That made Stacy wonder if Ashley died because of her. Stacy was afraid to go to sleep, not knowing if she would wake up, or if she would get SIDS and die. Her parents assured her that she could not get SIDS as they grieved over Ashley's death. They also explained to her that Ashley's death was not her fault.

I decided to read this book with my daughter since she is always telling me that she wants a baby sister. From looking at the cover and the title of the book, I assumed the story would be about Stacy adjusting to the changes of a new baby sister. We began to read the book and compliment the illustrations. As I was reading aloud to my daughter, the text said, "She died, Stacy, Daddy said. She died in her sleep." I paused in shock and just looked at my daughter. At first, I couldn't believe that the book had such a devastating tragedy, especially since it is a children's book. As I thought about the issue, I realized that although the tragedy is heartbreaking, there are children that are forced to face issues like this. Therefore, I began reading aloud to my daughter where I left off. She noticed the sadness that Stacy and her family faced and asked me what is SIDS. When we read books, were used to happy endings. In this case, this book can show readers that sometimes things don't always turn out as we planned and there are children in the world that are forced to face issues similar to this in their daily lives. ( )
  baucoin | Oct 26, 2017 |
"Stacy Has a Little Sister" is such an informational story. Stacy gets a new little sister, Ashley, whom she has mixed feelings about. Ashley dies from SIDS. Stacy doesn't understand why or how and shes very confused about her death. Her parents take time to explain it to her and she feels better. This is a very strong story. It is about a very touching subject, death. Although I think this is a very informational book for children, I also feel it is very blunt. I think this story is a great way for children to have an insight what death in the family is like. Overall, I think it is a good story for children, but maybe for ages 7 and up. ( )
  bethanygc | Sep 8, 2016 |
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Stacy has mixed feelings about her new sister Ashley, but when the baby dies of sudden infant death syndrome, Stacy is sad and misses her.

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Stacy has mixed feelings about her new sister Ashley, but when the baby dies of sudden infant death syndrome, Stacy is sad and misses her.

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