HOW BIG IS BABY?
By: Kirsten Hall
Illustrated by: Aki
Published: April 6, 2021
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Traveling through each month of pregnancy, a child gets to learn about the size of the baby as well as what the baby is doing in the womb at this stage. Each month the size of the baby is explained by the size of a food item and then inside the flap, there is a more detailed explanation about the specifics the baby is learning at this stage of the pregnancy.
I have two great-nephews who are both expecting new siblings soon. Even though this is a board book with a lift-the-flap format, I do think it is still too old for them to understand at around the age of two. I think this book is more appropriate for preschool to elementary-aged children.
I did like how the size of the baby is always compared to a food item as I think that makes it easy for children to understand. They can hold the eggplant and imagine the baby being that size. Even if little ones can’t understand the details, they will enjoy lifting the flap of the momma’s belly and see the growing baby inside.
The entire book only mentions the mother, the sibling, and the new baby. So this book is adaptable to any family situation. I also loved that the big sibling could be a boy or a girl. It doesn’t mention sister or brother and the illustrated child really could fit either gender. Of course, I also loved that the big sibling had red hair!
If you know a child about to be a big sibling, I would recommend this book as a gift to the child or to the parents. It’s a great way to get the older sibling excited about the upcoming arrival.
Kirsten Hall is a children’s author and literary agent. After getting an MA in early childhood education from NYU, she taught both preschool and elementary school. Today, Kirsten is the sole proprietor of Catbird Productions, a book packager, and boutique literary agency. She currently resides in New York City.
Aki, also known as Delphine Mach, is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. She made this book while pregnant, vetting each stage as she illustrated! Also a food blogger and illustrator, she enjoyed illustrating all the food comparisons. Originally from Paris, France, she lived in Melbourne, Australia for years, and currently lives in Berlin, Germany.