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How to be a Baby by Me the Big Sister {what we’re reading}


This week should probably be entitled “What Sally told me I really ought to be reading so I ordered it and she was right and it’s really good”, but that’s not exactly the snappiest of titles even if factually accurate.

Yes, back in those days when it was actually sunny outside, when rain didn’t fall incessantly from the heavens, and when my patio table was not covered in an odd film of green dust, I wrote about our favourite book for introducing the concept of becoming a big sister. It’s still very much loved and very frequently read but when in the comments Sally suggested How to be a Baby by Me The Big Sister even to the point of wishing we lived a bit nearer each other so she could drop round a copy, I knew it would be worth checking out.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And lo it came to pass that I needed to order some more laundry liquid from Amazon, and I remembered about the book, and the preview pages looked hilarious, and before I knew it it wasn’t just laundry liquid that was winging its way to me.

And even though the bookcases are getting into a rather overflowing sort of state of affairs, I don’t regret it for a second. I think this book is properly laugh out loud funny and given the number of times Kitty in particular has asked us to read it, I think the girls might just agree.  Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s packed full of all the things that a big sister can do, but a baby can’t, but told in exactly the way both in language and tone that Kitty uses to explain what she’s up to or to tell us about her day. In short it sounds like it was written by a big sister, not merely an adult pretending.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

(seriously, this had me in hysterics – Kit’s been talking about people going to prison ever since the Police came to do a little show and tell at her nursery, and it sounds just like her)

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And the narrator is a lovely big sister too; she may be very disparaging about what the new baby can, or more likely can’t do, compared to all the exciting adventures that she can go on, but she also knows that babies are funny and cuddly and make her laugh. And she knows too that one day this baby is going to grow up and come on all sorts of adventures with her and together they will look back at the baby pictures and laugh at how small the baby once was.

Though she’ll still let him hold her hand, even when they’re both big, because he’ll still be a little bit little, and because that’s what big sisters are for.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life



Incidentally, this is yet another of our favourites that has been published by Walker Books, who also published We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Oh No George!, Hooray for Bread, The Pencil and basically a good chunk of our bookshelf.  Has anyone else found that as well as having favourite authors they also start to develop favourite publishers? I know I shouldn’t be too surprised, I’ve yet to discover anything put out by the Persephone imprint that I didn’t want to read cover to cover in one sitting, but it’s nice to find it in a less niche publisher too.
Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

Last eek Vickie shared her daughter’s favourite, Winnie the Pooh and the Trouble with Bees; it looks like a wonderful book but more than that, if you missed her post you have to go check out the amazing Winnie the Pooh cake she made for her daughter! And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!

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  • sally 16/09/2014 at 8:50 am

    Ahhh, I’m so glad you got a copy and loved it! And thank you for the mention! Now I have to go find our copy and read it with the girls again today too!

    • Carie 22/09/2014 at 10:41 pm

      well thank you again for the recommendation – it’s awesome!

  • Vickie 16/09/2014 at 9:07 pm

    What a lovely book! I especially like the baby prison and the list of things babies can’t do. 🙂

    • Carie 22/09/2014 at 10:38 pm

      Baby prison made me chuckle – we used to call the travel cot “baby jail” when we used it as a playpen for a tiny Kitty!

  • Donna 21/09/2014 at 10:22 pm

    This is such a beautiful big sister book. I haven’t seen it before and wish we had got it for LP when T came along x

    • Carie 22/09/2014 at 4:34 pm

      She might still like it now – it’s as relevant for little brothers that are a little bigger as it is the newborn ones!