Today’s PPBF selection is from one of our April Author-Palooza authors and Perfect Picture Book Friday’s very own host – Susanna Hill!

 Not Yet Rose

Written by Susanna Leonard Hill, Illustrated by Nicole Rutton

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, September, 2009

Suitable for: Ages 3+

Themes/Topics: New Baby, Siblings, Family, Big Sister, Love

Opening/Synopsis: From School Library Journal: Every morning, a young hamster races into her parents’ bedroom and asks, “Is the baby here yet?” and each time they answer, “Not yet.” Rose can’t decide whether she wants a sister or a brother, and at one point she decides that she doesn’t want a baby at all, but her mother brings her around to the idea that she’ll probably like being a big sister. Dad describes the nurturing that babies require and reminds his daughter that she was once an infant who needed and received loving care, too… Hill presents adults who encourage their daughter to process her feelings and come to her own conclusions. The narrative’s pacing and structure are ideal, with the story and life lessons beginning on Monday and ending on Friday.

Activities: Susanna Hill has wonderful resources for Not Yet, Rose and all of her books on her website, including a teacher’s guide, coloring pages, a word search and a maze. This book is obviously also a great jumping-off point for preparing young children for a new sibling and opening discussion of their feelings. Another great way to further the discussion is showing children their own baby pictures and talking about what they were like as infants and asking questions about what kind of big sister or brother they want to be.

Why I Like This Book: I so love the ending of this book, but I don’t want to rob you of the joy of discovering it for yourself. I also love the fact that when my daughter read this book she sighed and said, “I love this book.” Then we shared lots of memories of what it was like when we brought her baby brother home. Of all the “new sibling” books I’ve read, this one is my very favorite.

For more fantastic picture books and resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.

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  1. I’d get it because of the cute cover illustration! I heard of that author before (hee hee) and she writes some awesome books! 😉 I like that you included what your daughter thought of it!

  2. It is such an honor when someone chooses one of my books for PPBF – thank you so much Julie! I’m SO glad you and your daughter enjoyed it! I love your activity of looking at baby pictures etc. – I don’t know why I never thought of that but I think it’s an excellent suggestion for parents expecting a second or subsequent child.

  3. Oh lovely to see Rose up there, super pick Julie!

  4. I like Susanna L Hill’s books – so the real question is how hard was it to choose just one for PPBF?

  5. I love ROSE!!!!!! Such a great choice! What a lovely opening. Adding it to my list, Julie! Especially since it was written by such a fantastic author. I love her! Going to order it today! *waving*

  6. Rose sounds like a wonderful story to share with your children…especially if your family is growing.

  7. I can’t believe no one has reviewed this book yet. What a beautiful story. I’ll have to buy this one for expecting parents.

  8. I definitley want to read this one. I love Susanna’s other books. She’s awesome 🙂
    Julie, you have me very curious about the ending!

  9. Coleen Patrick

    Great pick Julie! The cover and the premise are super cute! 🙂

  10. I haven’t read this one yet, but it looks really cute. And I am a big SLH fan so I am sure it is a winner! A great pick for families about to bring a new baby home.

  11. When I saw this book in the linky list today, I was so happy! I love this book so much, and I’ve been hoping someone would feature it for PPBF, someone who has kids. Your daughter’s reaction is just what mine was. And I *love* your suggested activities.

    PERFECT Picture Book!

  12. Nice choice Julie. I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds wonderful for young kids excpecting a new sibling. I love the cover!

  13. This book sounds perfect for my sisters. Between the three of them, they have 7 daughters–one a newborn, and another on the way. Sweet cover, too!

  14. I so wish I’d known about this book a few months ago when my daughter was expecting her 3rd child. I will have to add it to my library and save for future use! Julie thanks for featuring one of the 12x12ers. I love Susanna’s works and also her blog.

  15. Sandi Hershenson

    I love this book!

  16. I will have to check this book out. Thanks.

  17. Stacy S. Jensen

    Kiddo and I enjoyed this book.

  18. This sounds like a really sweet book. I love the front cover.

  19. What a cute book! So loved the illustrations and the story and message it gives. Perfect for PPBF. Great author to!

  20. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Susanna’s picture books yet, but this looks like a fun way to begin. I love it! Thanks for sharing it. And your daughter’s reaction to this book is priceless, it’s clear that I have to find this book in our library.

  21. What a wonderful PPBF choice, Julie! A great book…with super messages for kids…and written by our own Susanna. 🙂
    Love the activities as well!

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