Title: Pecan Pie Baby
Written by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Recommended Ages: 5-8 years
Published: Puffin Books (October 17, 2013)
Pecan Pie Baby is a fun read with a sweet story — there is pie involved! This story is written in such a cute way that it literally made me smile the entire time I was reading it.
It has great pacing and repetition about the “ding-dang baby” which is what Gia keeps referring to the baby as. This coupled with the adorable illustrations will leave you with a smile on your face too. This book by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Sophie Blackall follows Gia and her Mama as they prepare for a new baby. It’s a story of a little girl who is uncertain of what the baby is going to bring to her family dynamic with her Mama. After all, everyone is already making such a big deal about the new baby and it hasn’t even been born yet. It’s a great read for children who are having similar feelings of hesitation about a new baby on the way. In the story Gia doesn’t want to save clothes for the new baby, worries that the baby will displace her sleepover friend and hopes there won’t be any snow for the year since Mama says the baby will probably arrive by the first snow.
Gia and her Mama share a love of pecan pie and Gia thinks the baby is a copycat when Mama says the baby loves pecan pie too! But at the end of the story Gia understands that the baby will change things, but it will still be okay.