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Getting Near to Baby por Audrey Couloumbis
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Getting Near to Baby (original 1999; edición 1999)

por Audrey Couloumbis (Autor)

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Although thirteen-year-old Willa Jo and her Aunt Patty seem to be constantly at odds, staying with her and Uncle Hob helps Willa Jo and her younger sister come to terms with the death of their family's baby.
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Título:Getting Near to Baby
Autores:Audrey Couloumbis (Autor)
Info:Scholastic Inc (1999)
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Getting Near to Baby por Audrey Couloumbis (1999)

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After their baby sister dies, Willa Jo and Little Sister are staying with their fussy aunt and bemused uncle for the summer while their mother tries to put her life back together. There is much friction in the arrangement, as Willa Jo resists her aunt's demands that everyone follow her strict regime, including never straying from the plastic runners on the carpet and never playing with the not-respectable children (read: they dare to play outside in such a way that gets their clothes dirty) across the street. And for her part, Aunt Patty can't understand why her nieces aren't grateful for all the help she's offering them and their mother. It's a mess that culminates in the sisters climbing up onto the roof early one morning to watch the sunset and then refusing to come down.

Not all middle grade books that take on the subject of death in childhood succeed, but this one does a pretty good job. It's a serious and sad topic, but it's handled fairly gently here and the young characters are given believable reactions to it. In fact, all of the characters are nicely drawn; the aunt is just the right amount of annoying without being irredeemable, the neighbor kiddos are a delight, and the uncle is the perfect laid-back foil to his uptight wife. I also like the choice to frame the entire narrative with the detail of the girls hosting an inadvertent sit-in on the roof. The only part that irks me is a small section in which the mother talks to Willa Jo about how the baby is now in heaven with the angels and will possibly get wings herself. Blech. The saving grace there is that it seems clear it's the character spouting these notions and not the author. ( )
  electrascaife | Jul 3, 2021 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Willa Jo and Little Sister go to live with their keeping-up-appearances Aunt Polly for a while after Baby (their little sister) dies, and their mother has trouble coping. The girls have trouble with Aunt Polly, who is always concerned about what people will think, and Polly has trouble with the girls, who are used to doing their own thing.
In the last third of the book, the girls begin to come to terms with the death of Baby, and Aunt Polly begins to soften a little.
Beautifully written ( )
  fingerpost | Apr 21, 2017 |
This is a beautiful and sad story of two young girls who are taken from their mother, who has been neglecting care of them, to go and stay with their aunt. She is very strict and the girls do not like her very much. The little sister never speaks, and the girls try to survive in their new life as they meet other children in the neighborhood. As they spend time with these other children, they begin to deal with their past and heal. I would use this book in middle school classrooms, the content could be challenging for some students. I would use this book to talk about loss, struggle, and maintaining mental health. I would also compare this book with the play version with my students to talk about how stories are told in different media.

This book won a Newberry Honor Medal, a runner up for the Newberry Award. The Newberry Medal was the first available to picture books and is awarded to original creative work in books for children. ( )
  jangelique | Nov 25, 2016 |
This is a lovely novel about the effects on the family of the death of a sibling and how the other siblings cope. They are helped in doing so by moving in with their aunt, who is both the most interesting character and the object of scorn from the eldest sibling. Gentle humor and wise counsel guides the reader and the children in their healing. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Feb 22, 2013 |
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This book is dedicated to Mama Nicky's memory. One of my most sustaining memories of her is that of my small children running before me. And the way she dropped whatever she was working on, the way she sat forward to meet them, the nearly straight line of her arms opened to welcome them.
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