Hello Benny! by Robie H. Harris
What It's Like to Be a Baby (Growing Up Stories: What It's Like to Be a Baby)

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Children love to hear the stories about what they were like and all the wonderful, amazing, interesting, and funny things they did from birth through the first few years of their lives. They also have endless questions about those wonderful years:

Can a new baby see? What makes a baby smile?

Do babies only fuss, cry, sleep, and have their diapers changed?

Why do babies put everything they can in their mouths?

How do babies learn to talk? Can babies laugh? Do all babies crawl?

The award-winning team who created Happy Birth Day! and Hi New Baby! launches a brand-new picture-book series, Growing Up Stories -- books that tell enchanting stories and present fascinating facts about the first five years of life.

The first book of the series, Hello Benny!, tells the story of Benny and celebrates his first year of life -- from his very first sounds to his very first smile, to rolling over, sitting up, and standing, to finding out that he loves bananas and doesn't love peas, to shoving cake in his mouth on his first birthday! Hello Benny! captures the remarkable story of what it's like to be a baby and how babies "grow up."

Combining a beautifully told fictional story with a myriad of facts about babies, Harris and Emberley have created a timeless book for children to enjoy and for families to share together.


About Robie H. Harris

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Robie H. Harris says the memory of the day her second child was born inspired HI NEW BABY! "When my older child met his new baby brother, he was full of feelings--excitement and disappointment when he finally saw the baby, surprise that the new baby was so tiny, upset when the baby cried, bored when the baby slept, angry that he was no longer the baby, and proud when he realized that he could make the baby stop crying. This was another story, like HAPPY BIRTH DAY!, that my children--who are now best friends--loved hearing." Michael Emberley says, "After carpeting my studio floor with hundreds of sketches in my struggle to capture the complex emotions of the young girl in this book, I think I finally know what must have been going on in my sister's mind on the day I was born." Michael Emberley's art for HI NEW BABY! features the same family that readers meet in HAPPY BIRTH DAY! Michael Emberley is the New York Times best-selling illustrator of You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, written by Mary Ann Hoberman, and has written several books of his own, including Ruby and Dinosaurs! A Drawing Book.
Published September 1, 2002 by Margaret K. McElderry. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Children are exposed to a wealth of information as Harris (Goodbye Mousie, 2001, etc.) begins a series that will educate children about the first five years of life.

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This initial entry in a new Growing Up Stories series, focused on a child's first five years, is the latest from the ace chroniclers of early child development (Happy Birth Day!;

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