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