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Sheila Sweeny Higginson is an award-winning author who has worked in children's and educational publishing for twenty years. She has written more than one hundred books for children. Sheila lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York. Sam Williams is the author, illustrator, and designer of numerous picture books for young children. Some of the books he's lent his talent to include the Bunny and Bee series, Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Lisa Westberg Peters, and Pea Pod Babies by Karen Baicker. He recently put down his paintbrushes and took up the challenge to climb Mount Blanc! Sam lives with his wife in Hertfordshire, England.
You're Getting a Baby Sister! Sheila Sweeny Higginson, illus. by Sam Williams. Little Simon, $7.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-4424-2050-2 With sensitivity and humor, Higginson gives prospective older siblings the scoop on what to expect from the new bundle of joy: "Baby sisters are darling./ Baby sisters are cute./ But don't let her looks fool you--/ because here is the truth." Williams's gentle pastel palette depicts families celebrating the arrival of their baby girls; the expressions on the older siblings' faces show mixed emotions. Little sisters drool, smell, scream, and break toys ("the ones you love too"), concedes Higginson. But there is a silver lining: "You can be her first teacher--/ show her things that you know./ Give her patience and love--/ she's just starting to grow." It's a pitch-perfect primer that reminds readers of the upsides of being a big brother or sister, without minimizing or trivializing those less-than-wonderful moments. Available simultaneously: You're Getting a Baby Brother! --Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2011, *STAR