Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrator: Stephanie Graegin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
This story pays tribute to the many first experiences that a child has growing up and the experiences of new parents. It begins with the their baby's first smile, and then the baby grows with each new page of the story. He is the first to learn to blow kisses, crawl, make snow angels, and many other things. The book ends suggesting that he may not be the only one to do all those things, but he will always be the first.
The book is written in second person making it very personal if read to an oldest child. Preschoolers will enjoy the simple sentences and discussing what they were like when they were a baby. This is a great book to remind the first child of how special they are when adding another baby to the family. It is a refreshing and positive take on adding a new child to the family that focuses on how special the oldest is instead of concentrating on the new addition. The graphite and ink illustrations are simple and warm and compliment the book very well.