Vera's Baby Sister by Vera Rosenberry

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Vera heard the baby crying as they passed her bedroom window.
How could anyone like that loud, smelly thing?

Where can Vera find some peace and quiet with a new baby in the house?

Now that Vera's baby sister, Ruthie, has arrived, Vera feels there's no place left in the house for her. The baby is loud and smelly, and she fills up every room. Vera wants nothing to do with Ruthie. When Grandpa comes up with a plan to make a special bean tent for Vera out in the yard, Vera is all for it. Of course, as beans and vines grow, so, too, do babies-and who knows where that might lead?

In her signature style, Vera Rosenberry explores another pivotal childhood experience in this honest and funny story.
 

About Vera Rosenberry

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Vera Rosenberry is the author and illustrator of other Vera adventures, including When Vera Was Sick, Vera's First Day of School, Vera Runs Away, Vera Goes to the Dentist, and Vera Rides a Bike. Ms. Rosenberry currently lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband, where she gardens and paints.
 
Published May 1, 2005 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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an excellent note suggests that it ``arises from a time when...women [were] far more independent than later Indian culture allowed.'' The wise and beautiful princess Savitra, seeking a husband of her own choice, selects the impoverished son of a conquered king, despite a prophecy that the son wil...

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Rosenberry's three recent books (Vera Runs Away, 2000, etc.) about an irrepressible little girl named Vera have an undeniable charm with a unique main character, believable illustrations, and strong plot lines.

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In this cute holiday rhyming story, four monsters gleefully contribute these morsels—still alive, by the way, and squirming in their garbage-can cooking pot—to what they expect will be a grand and festive treat.

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Bug funerals are one thing, but when a family pet has to be buried, the children in this tale learn to take pleasure in those still living as they experience their first loss of a loved one.

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In this Giving Tree–like parable, infant Alfred and his mother seem to float in a sort of fecund and fantastic Eden, rife with less-than-subtle and sometimes disconcerting symbols of fertility.

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Vera's grandfather, however, sees her distress and offers a simple solution—some time spent together working in the garden and, eventually, a lovely tent of green beans into which Vera can retreat to find peace and quiet.

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Here she gets her much-loved tricycle ripped off during a visit to the park (Rosenberry likes to tackle life’s curveballs: first day at school, going to the dentist, etc.).

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Little sister Ruthie is going trick-or-treating before dark, but this year Vera gets to join older sisters June and Elaine with their father in “the spooky night.” All wrapped up in her toilet-paper mummy costume, she rejects her mother’s offer of a winter coat: “Mummies don’t wear snowsuits!” At...

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Vera’s parents, busy with new baby Ruthie, don’t seem to notice Vera’s feelings of being overlooked and displaced (or maybe they’re just ignoring her in hopes that she’ll come around).

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In this latest installment of Vera's trials and tribulations (see When Vera Was Sick, BCCB 1/99), Vera finds herself beset by a wailing baby sister whose arrival has...

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In this latest installment of Vera's trials and tribulations (see When Vera Was Sick, BCCB 1/99), Vera finds herself beset by a wailing baby sister whose arrival has...

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