Room for the Baby by Michelle Edwards

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What's a family to do when there's a baby on the way but no place to put a crib?

The big brother-to-be is worried. His mom does have a sewing room, but its every nook and cranny is stuffed with cast-off items and outgrown clothes that people have given her to recycle and reuse—some day. Now that day has come—because the new arrival will need someplace to sleep and something to wear. So the resourceful mom gets to work, making new clothes from old to outfit the baby-to-be.

Inspired by her creativity, the neighbors get involved, and soon everyone is stitching and knitting something. As the months go by and the family celebrates the Jewish holidays from Passover to Hanukkah, big brother helps his mom get ready, too. But things move slowly and he continues to worry: will there ever be room for the baby?

About Michelle Edwards

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MICHELLE EDWARDS is the author-illustrator of Chicken Man, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, several other acclaimed picture books, and the Jackson Friends series, which includes Pa Lia's First Day, a Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award winner, Zero Grandparents, and The Talent Show. She lives with her family in Iowa City. Kathryn Mitter is a published illustrator of children's books. Some of the published credits of Kathryn Mitter include Things I See at Baptism, Philip and the Ethiopian: Acts 8:26-40 for Children (Arch Books), Edith Ellen Eddy, and Things I See at Easter.
Published September 25, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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As months pass, filled with weekly Sabbath celebrations and Jewish holiday traditions, Mom and all the neighbors are busy, happily sewing, knitting and crafting, making diapers, baby clothes and mittens for anyone who expresses a need.

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“Everyone knew Mom would put it all to good use.” But when Mom announces at Passover that the narrator is going to be a big brother by Hanukkah—and that the baby’s room will be her former sewing room—the boy wonders if his mother has met her match: “Could Mom really use up all that st...

Jul 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Room for the Baby

City Book Review

Mom and the boy salvage yarn from old sweaters, and Mom knits mittens, scarves, and baby blankets for the baby and enough for some neighbors.

Dec 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Room for the Baby

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