Sunday, April 14, 2013

Room for Baby

Picture book
Michelle Edwards' Room for the Baby is a lovely little tale
about recycling, hand made gifts, neighborliness, and waiting for the
arrival of a very special little person.
The narrator's mother is given her neighbors' cast offs. Even
though she uses them to create clothing and other useful items, every
corner and nook of the sewing room is full. This creates a problem
when she becomes pregnant. The space is needed to create a baby's
Mom empties one corner by using old sheets to sew cloth diapers
for her baby and a neighbor's expected grandchild. Pajamas and
jerseys become clothes for the baby and friends' toddlers. The yarn
from holey sweaters is made into blankets and mittens. There is still
not enough space. But the narrator knows just what to do. And his
neighbors have some ideas of their own.
Pictures beautifully and softly compliment the story. They give
a sense of warmth and coziness. Finding the green-eyed black cat in
the pictures is fun. This sweet picture book would be a wonderful
gift for a child expecting a new sibling.
On a personal note, my BFF Christine's dog just had ten puppies. All
are doing well. They're ever so cute!
A great big shout out goes out to Christine and her canine community.
My sympathy goes out to Jasper, Christine's even more outnumbered
family cat.
Julia Emily Hathaway

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