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Pecan pie baby
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[32] pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
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AD 560 L Lexile
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When Mama's pregnancy draws attention away from Gia, she worries that the special bond they share will disappear forever once the baby is born.


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A sweet addition to the family is coming! Written by National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall.

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

All anyone wants to talk about with Mama is the new "ding-dang baby" that's on the way, and Gia is getting sick of it! If her new sibling is already such a big deal, what's going to happen to Gia's nice, cozy life with Mama once the baby is born?

"[An] honest story about jealousy, anger, displacement, and love [that] will touch kids dealing with sibling rivalry and spark their talk about change."-- Booklist

"Fresh and wise."-- Kirkus Reviews

Author Notes

Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio on February 12, 1963. She received a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 1985. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a drama therapist for runaways and homeless children in New York City. Her books include The House You Pass on the Way, I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, Lena, and The Day You Begin. She won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001 for Miracle's Boys. After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way won Newbery Honors. Brown Girl Dreaming won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award in 2015. Her other awards include the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She was also selected as the Young People's Poet Laureate in 2015 by the Poetry Foundation.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Gia's mother is pregnant, and the child is not happy about it. As the story progresses, so does Gia's resentment until it all comes to a head at the Thanksgiving dinner table when she says quietly at first, and then practically yells, "'I'm so sick of that ding-dang baby!'" She is sent to her room where she has time to think. Mama later shares her feelings of how she, too, is going to miss some of the things that will change when the baby comes. "'Those were the good old days.' says Gia. Mama says, "'Guess you're going to have to tell the baby all about it,' and Gia agrees, 'I guess I am.'" From then on, the girl is reassured and her attitude changes for the better. The one thing that Gia, her mother, and the new baby already share is a love of pecan pie. This sweet universal story will have broad appeal. Blackall's full-spread illustrations done in ink and watercolor gently convey the sense of passing time, along with Gia's frustration and nostalgia regarding how things used to be and how they will change. A fine addition to the new-sibling canon.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mama is pregnant with what soon-to-be sibling Gia refers to as "the ding-dang baby." Among the indignities she suffers: the in utero baby is already copying Gia's love of pecan pie-a culinary obsession that Gia thought she could share with Mama alone. "So that baby's just being a copycat!" gripes Gia. Newbery Honor author Woodson (Show Way) doesn't have new insights into displacement fears: the usual anxieties, oblivious relatives, and reassurances populate her story. But what she does have to say still resonates: "I know what I'm going to miss the most," Gia complains after an outburst at Thanksgiving dinner. "My whole, whole life." Blackall's (Big Red Lollipop) stylized ink and watercolor images, with their muted colors and slightly flattened perspectives, have a strong sense of style and calming warmth, as in a scene where Gia sits on the stoop, special memories of her mother spooling outward in squiggly thought bubbles. Gia may have moments when she feels "real, real, real alone," but readers will sense that Mama's love endures-and that Gia is going to be a very cool older sister. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Gia's not looking forward to the "ding-dang baby," so evident in Mama's beautifully rounded belly, despite the happy anticipation voiced by supportive family and friends. Even her teacher seems to be in on the plot to be positive, while Mama's wisely understated cajoling leaves Gia feeling as aloof as ever, "thinking about all the years it had been just me and Mama...drinking hot chocolate and telling silly stories." But when Mama admits that she, too, will miss the "good old days," Gia agrees that she'll "have to tell the baby all about it." After all, that baby is already sharing the delicious pie that's Gia and Mama's favorite. Gia's narrative voice is prime Woodson -- lyrical, colloquial, and imbued with the authentic feelings of a child who might be as old as eight or as young as five, and Blackall's smooth-edged, Chinese ink and watercolor illustrations show the little family of two thriving in their simple, cozy home. Gently, the art clarifies and dramatizes the truth that change may feel threatening even in the most wholesome and loving environment -- a familiar message, but a comforting one, delivered here with unusual warmth and grace. joanna rudge long (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

everything to lose when this winter baby comesMama's gentle remonstrances notwithstanding. Woodson infuses Gia's primal child-voice with an authorial lyricism that permits some lovely, lucid introspection. During a "baby-this and baby-that" Thanksgiving dinner, an outburst ("I'm so sick of that DING-DANG BABY!") gets Gia banished to her room. "Upstairs, I got that teary, choky feeling. And even though there were a whole lot of people in my house, I felt real, real, / real alone." Blackall's apt watercolor-and-ink pictures capture the grounded serenity of a multiracial family (and community) with its priorities on straight. Beloved Gia's got corn rows and a sweet gap between her front teeth. The fact that a dad or other mom doesn't figure in renders her conflict more poignant. Cleverly, the story arc spans autumn's slide into wintera welcome alternative to all those ding-dang spring-baby plots. Fresh and wise. (Picture book. 3-7)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Gia is totally sick of all the talk about the ding-dang baby who will come soon maybe when the snow comes, Mama says. Everything in Gia's world seems to revolve around this new arrival. Gia's friends ask her if she wants a brother or a sister; her grandmother and her aunts fuss over Mama; her teacher reads a story about being a big sister; and her uncles arrive to put a crib together. Finally, Gia loses it and yells during Thanksgiving dinner, I'm so sick of that DING-DANG BABY! Gia's fury, as well as her loving bond with her single-parent African American mother and her extended family, forms the heart of the story, and the ink-and-watercolor illustrations show mother and daughter telling silly stories, remembering good times, and snuggling up together until finally Gia is cuddling close to feel that ding-dang baby jumping around in Mama's belly. The honest story about jealousy, anger, displacement, and love will touch kids dealing with sibling rivalry and spark their talk about change.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist