Angelina's Baby Sister (Angelina Ballerina)

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Angelina's Baby Sister (Angelina Ballerina)
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
May 04, 2021
ISBN
978-1534483231
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The classic bestselling picture book, Angelina’s Baby Sister, is back in a beautiful, refreshed hardcover edition perfect for Angelina fans new and old! Can Angelina sashay her way through all the changes a baby brings?

Angelina Ballerina thinks she’s the luckiest mouse in the world—she’s going to be a big sister! But being a big sister means change, and sometimes change can be hard. When her baby sister arrives, Angelina feels like no one has time for her anymore. They only want to fuss over Polly.

Suddenly, Angelina doesn’t feel so lucky anymore. But with time—and a lot of love from her family—Angelina realizes that being a big sister is the role she was born to play.

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picture book about getting a new sibling
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
ANGELINA'S BABY SISTER is a picture book that captures the joy and jealousy of having a new baby. Angelina is so excited, and she cannot wait for her baby sister. When the baby arrives, everything seems to be changing, and her mother is unable to spend as much time with her. When her grandparents arrive, they don't yet have time to watch her new dance, as they want to see the baby. Angelina gets jealous and throws things around her room, breaking the new statue she wanted to show her mother. As the adults come in to talk to her, they are able to fix the statue and reiterate their love for her, as well as show her some of the attention she has been missing. In the end, Angelina is again excited for her baby sister, who she plans to teach ballet.

What I loved: This story felt relatable for only children who might be welcoming a new sibling. It can feel like they are now second for everything, as babies need a lot of attention and care. The book ultimately shows that these are normal feelings, but the love that adults felt for you will remain. Angelina definitely acts out quite a bit, but this seemed exaggerated to demonstrate her feelings and their intensity.

The text is pretty lengthy, so this would work best for preschoolers and elementary school children who can tolerate more words between pictures. The font itself was clear and easy to read.

What left me wanting more: I do wish there had been a more constructive display of emotions to set a better example for how to react to jealousy or anger. However, this tantrum may be relatable to children who are not in control of emotions yet.

Final verdict: A relatable story about the excitement and anger that can come with a new sibling, ANGELINA'S BABY SISTER is a picture book that will speak to the older sibling experience. Recommend for preschoolers and older readers.
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