Nigel is a cat.
He loves to chase mice and scratch rugs.
Julia is a dog.
She loves treats and bones and sleeping.
They don't need anything else . . .
. . . but now they've got Bittle.
(She's a new baby.)
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Patricia MacLachlan has written several award winning picture books and novels, including All The Places to Love, and the Newbery Medal winner, Sarah, Plain and Tall.
Emily MacLachlan lives near Boston with her husband, two cats, and two dogs. Painting the Wind is her first book.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2–Nigel, a cat, and Julia, a dog, are perfectly happy in their big yellow house–until their owners bring home a new baby. Slowly, the animals warm up to the infant and come to play a big role in her life. They call her "Bittle" (because she's "just a little bit of a thing"), soothe her to sleep at night, and play with her during the day. As the child grows, Nigel and Julia find that they share common interests with her, such as catching butterflies and a fascination with the toilet. Eventually, the pets discover that they have grown to love Bittle. Readers see that she loves them too as the book concludes with her first words: "Woof" and "Meow." Yaccarino's artwork matches the story perfectly. The colors are bright, the lines simple, and Julia and Nigel are clearly the dominant figures of the household. Writing from the pets' perspective, the authors cleverly highlight the changes a new baby brings to a home, and the animals' growing affection for Bittle is humorous and heartwarming. This story speaks to youngsters who have welcomed a new sibling or who have seen how a pet can seemingly become the ruler of a house.–Kelley Rae Unger, Peabody Institute, MA
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