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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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Gia is not happy that her mother is having a "ding-dang" baby. She feels that all the attention is being taken away from her and that she is losing her mother. The only thing that can be agreed on is the love of Pecan Pie.

I think this book is important because it recognizes a struggle that a lot of children have the they gain a sibling. It allows them to see that they are not alone and gives them skills to cope with the adjustment of getting a sibling.
  fchloe1 | Mar 20, 2017 |
A book about having to make room for family even when you don't want to, this picture book takes you through the months before a young girl has to learn to share her room and her mother with a baby sibling. She struggles with this picture for a long while until she finds out her mother will also have to share her time with the baby and will miss the times as well. The book ends on a high note of the young girl accepting that a baby will come and they will still have a family, just with one more. ( )
  MeganSchneider | Mar 7, 2017 |
Gia isn't enthusiastic about the arrival of that "ding-dang baby" in this new sibling picture-book from Newbery Honor-winning author Jacqueline Woodson and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall. She enjoys the time she spends with her mother, and isn't looking forward to sharing her with a new sibling, even if the baby (still in the womb) seems to enjoy pecan pie as much as Gia and her mother do. Fortunately for Gia, her mother understands her feelings, and is patient with her, even in the face of outbursts at the dinner table...

The familiar tale of an older child who doesn't react well initially to the arrival (or incipient arrival) of a new baby in the family, Pecan Pie Baby is the first such story that I have read where the family in question is African-American, and the mother is (as far as one can ascertain from the narrative) a single parent. For these reasons, I am glad to have come across it, as I think it will add some diversity to the existing body of stories in this category. I am also glad to have found it because the artwork by Blackall is just lovely, capturing the loving relationship between Gia and her mother perfectly, and depicting a diverse mix of family and friends in Gia's world. Recommended to anyone looking for new sibling books, as well as to fans of Blackall's art. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 12, 2017 |
That ding dang baby is coming and Gia is not ready. She is afraid the baby will take away her mom. Gia thinks the baby is a copy cat because she likes pecan pie just like her and her mom.
  sami_schneider | Dec 2, 2016 |
I liked this book for many reasons including the language style, the plot, and characters. This story is about a young girl who is jealous of the unborn baby her mother will be having soon. She liked it better when she had her mother all to her self. I believe the big idea/message of the story is that new changes in a family can be good. The language style in this book was very descriptive and patterned. The phrase "ding-dang baby" was commonly used throughout the story, which accurately depicted the feelings the young girl had about her new baby brother or sister. "And I knew what was coming next- more talk about the ding-dang baby." The plot is very organized and paced well to depict the conflict of the story. The story opens with the young girl wanting to give away her old clothes, but her mother wants to keep them because of the baby on the way. The story then introduces all the situations the young girl deals with because of the new baby coming. The characters in the story were very believable and easy to relate to. The young girl is so used to it just being her and her mother all the time and she is not ready for the change. "Now, that baby was going to change everything!". Everyone who has been the only child before a new baby came along can relate to what the young girl is going through. ( )
  AndreaStreet | Nov 2, 2016 |
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This book helps to understand how to welcome a new child to 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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