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Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson

Pecan Pie Baby (edition 2010)

by Jacqueline Woodson, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)

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Title:Pecan Pie Baby
Authors:Jacqueline Woodson
Other authors:Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2010), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:easy, family, African-American, k-3

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Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson



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I read this book in a quest to find multicultural literature. This along with Same, Same but Different were my children's favorites. The illustrations this story and of this multi-racial family were beautiful. I connected with the storyline and was able to tell stories to my kids about when they were in my tummy and the cravings I had and told them thats why they like chocolate, tacos and mac'n'cheese. It was also nice to read, as a mom, that sibling rivalry and jealousy are completely normal....although making me pull out my hair at times. ( )
  lolhscybrarian | Dec 2, 2014 |
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson deals with sibling jealousy. Gia's mom is expecting a new baby, but Gia doesn't like that because the baby gets and keeps everyone's attention even when it is not born yet. Mom and Gia both love pecan pie and mom craves it more now that she is pregnant so she uses that to help create a bond between the three of them instead of just mom and Gia. Children can learn about sibling jealousy. I think that this book could help new siblings or soon-to-be siblings deal with new additions and adapting to change. ( )
  Nijania | Nov 19, 2014 |
Gia is expecting a new baby sibling but she is sick of hearing about it. As many children with a pregnant mother, Gia, in Jacquline Woodson's Pecan Pie Baby, feels that her mother doesn't prize her time with her anymore and is slowsly getting ready to replace her with her new baby. Through many tears and hard feelings, Gia learns that she is going to always be her mother's child, and that the baby will be a big part of her life. ( )
  ksager | Oct 28, 2014 |
Pecan Pie Baby. By Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. G. P. Putnam’s Sons / Penguin Young Readers Group. 2010. 32 pages. $16.99 hbk. 978-0399239878. Ages 4-10.

Gia is about to become a big sister – and she is not looking forward to having to share her mom with a “ding-dang baby.” In this fresh take on the classic childhood issue of getting ready to welcome a new sibling, the family portrayed is an African-American single-parent household – though Gia and her mother are accompanied by a host of racially diverse aunties, uncles, and cousins who help them with their preparations. The subdued color palette of Blackall’s gentle illustrations complements the first-person narrative’s emotional flow, and Woodson perfectly captures both Gia’s anxiety and her mother’s unfailing love for her in vignettes illustrating the arrangements for a new baby’s arrival (visiting family, building a crib). The pecan pie motif, representative of the love shared by Gia, her mother, and eventually the new sibling, is a sweet thread tying it all together. Pecan Pie Baby is an ideal shared reading and conversation-starter for expecting parents and their soon-to-be older sibling young children. Highly recommended. ( )
  tierneyc | Oct 23, 2014 |
Lovely story; wonderful illustrations!

This is a lovely story of a little girl who is not dealing well with the expectation of a new baby. Because she and her mother love pecan pie, her mother uses this as a means to bond her to the new arrival. ( )
  Whisper1 | Sep 29, 2014 |
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Curriculum Connection: AASL Std. 4 Pursue personal and aesthetic growth. 

4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience.

Personal Connection:  Share this book with students whose mother is having a baby and the student is having a hard time with a new little one coming into the family.
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When Mama's pregnancy draws attention away from Gia, she worries that the special bond they share will disappear forever once the baby is born.

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