Grandma, the Baby and Me by Emma Allen
Published by Scholastic Australia
Older siblings are often unprepared for the change a new baby entering the home entails. This is a common theme in picture books, and one that has been explored delicately and lovingly in 'Grandma, the Baby and Me', written by Emma Allen and illustrated by Hannah Sommerville.
The supportive role of grandparents as family dynamics shift is so important for children (and parents adjusting to life with a newborn). Henry's Grandma plays a pivotal role in his sense of security and belonging. Little things like a loving look and a special hand squeeze by Grandma tell Henry that although babies can be ''trouble''; that is, hard work, noise and need for attention, he will still be loved.
But coping proves difficult for Henry. The baby screams alot, Mum is busy and the washing pile remains unwashed, which means Henry is made to wear his sister's pink pyjamas. This causes him to act up, and then he has a pain in the tummy. In a heartwarming ending, we feel Henry's comfort in knowing that Grandma's return the next day will make all the trouble disappear.
Grandma, the Baby and Me is a gentle, reassuring story of love and adjusting to change, with complimentary soft and fluid pen and watercolour wash illustrations. It is a perfect bedtime, snuggle-up-close read with your preschooler or grandchild.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Emma Allen
Illustrator: Hannah Sommerville
Title: Grandma, the Baby and Me
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: September 2014