________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 12. . . .November 20, 2009

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Maggie Canít Wait.

Frieda Wishinsky. Illustrated by Dean Griffiths.
Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2009.
32 pp., hardcover, $19.95.
ISBN 978-1-55455-103-3.

Subject Headings:
Adoption-Juvenile fiction.
Sisters-Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 2-6.

Review by Helen Norrie.

*** /4

   

excerpt:

Maggie jumped out of bed. She picked up the new baby's picture and danced around her room. Tomorrow she'd finally have a sister!

Maggie Can't Wait would be an excellent read-aloud book for any child who is expecting a new sibling. In Toronto author Frieda Wishinsky's story, the new sister (here a kitten) is being adopted, but the book would be equally suitable for any new addition to a family.

internal art      In this story, Maggie is excited about a new sister, whom they are scheduled to pick up at the adoption agency next day. But Maggieís excitement is dimmed when a jealous school mate makes fun of the baby's picture and says she is ugly. Even Maggie's best friend, Sam, suggests that the baby's ears are too long, her nose too squished and her face too wrinkled. Maggie dreads bringing the baby home, but when she goes into the baby's room to comfort her and the baby smiles at her, her feelings change. Even Sam likes the baby when she smiles at him.

     This story accurately reflects the conflicting emotions many children experience when a new sibling arrives. Because the characters here are cats instead of people, there is less tendency to relate them to human families, although the emotions described are similar.

     Vancouver artist Dean Griffiths' illustrations are colourful and attractive, and he does a good job of reflecting Maggie's feelings in her facial expressions.

     Frieda Wishinsky has authored many other books for children including Please Louise and Each One Special.

Recommended.

Helen Norrie, a former teacher librarian in the Winnipeg #1 School Division, writes a regular column on children's books for the Winnipeg Free Press.

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