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The Baby Shower

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By: Eve Bunting / Illustrated by: Judy Love

Twins are a double blessing.

Brindle Cow is having a baby! All the delightful characters from Eve Bunting’s The Wedding are back to celebrate the happy event, along with some adorable new characters. Don’t miss the exuberant—and numerous—baby rabbits.

Judy Love’s illustrations are packed with humorous details as the group of devoted friends show off their gifts and travel to Brindle Cow’s baby shower. But when the friends arrive to greet the new baby—surprise! surprise!—it’s twins.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Eve Bunting, author

Eve Bunting has written more than two hundred books for young readers, including The Baby Shower, The Wedding, and Smoky Night, the winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal. Born in Ireland, she now lives in California.

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Judy Love, illustrator

Judy Love is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated numerous children's books, including First Day Jitters and Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg.

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Editorial Reviews:

Kutztown University Spring 2008 Book Review

Ms. Brindle Cow is having a baby. A happy bird spreads the news and soon Brindle's friends are on their way to the shower with cakes, booties and a song for the little one or ones as Brindle has twin calves. A rhyming story with wonderfully humorous illustrations by Judy Love. The bunnies are reading Peter Rabbit and Mrs. Pig is reading The Three Little Pigs to the piglets. The expressions on the animal's faces are worth the price of the book. –Carol Ann Gearhart, Professor Emerita, Kutztown University

School Library Journal

The animal characters from Bunting's The Wedding (Charlesbridge, 2003) celebrate a new arrival in this rhyming picture book. When friends of Ms. Brindle Cow and Mr. Bull learn that the pair is expecting a baby, they set off to share in the joyous occasion. Each one brings a gift for the infant along with well wishes for the parents-to-be. The predictably happy ending has a slight twist as the couple welcomes twins. Children will enjoy the rhyming couplets: "The moon and stars lit up the sky./Fireflies came dancing by./They kept repeating to each other,/'Brindle's going to be a mother!'" Love's illustrations, done in transparent inks on Arches watercolor paper, are a charming complement to the gently plotted story. Sharp-eyed readers will notice touches of humor, including a couple of the creatures reading books that connect to their particular species. While not an essential purchase, libraries that own the earlier title will want to consider this one. —Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

Wee Ones Magazine

Baby Shower is a lovely story about Mrs. Brindle Cow who is about to have a baby! A little bird spreads the news and soon all the animals nearby rush to greet the new baby. This sweet book is perfect for children who will soon have a sibling in the family. It's a wonderful way to celebrate birth, family and friends. Easy to read rhyme and colorful illustrations make this a story children will want to read over and over!

Yellow Brick Road

Charming verse and animal characters make Brindle's friends welcom for the new brindle calves May and Mike a delightful sequel to The Wedding.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-139-4

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-012-6
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Ages: 3-6
Page count: 28
8 1/2 x 11

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