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Vera heard the baby crying as they passed her bedroom window.
How could anyone like that loud, smelly thing?
Where can Vera find some peace and quiet with a new baby in the house?
Now that Vera's baby sister, Ruthie, has arrived, Vera feels there's no place left in the house for her. The baby is loud and smelly, and she fills up every room. Vera wants nothing to do with Ruthie. When Grandpa comes up with a plan to make a special bean tent for Vera out in the yard, Vera is all for it. Of course, as beans and vines grow, so, too, do babies-and who knows where that might lead?
In her signature style, Vera Rosenberry explores another pivotal childhood experience in this honest and funny story.
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Vera Rosenberry is the author and illustrator of other Vera adventures, including When Vera Was Sick, Vera's First Day of School, Vera Runs Away, Vera Goes to the Dentist, and Vera Rides a Bike. Ms. Rosenberry currently lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband, where she gardens and paints.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2–With a new sister at home, Vera finds there is no peace. She can't sleep, there's no place quiet enough to read or draw. She declares, "That baby fills up the whole house." Luckily Grandpa is there to pay attention to her needs. Together they till a plot of land, gather tall sticks that they form into a tent, and plant some beans. Even before the vines start to sprout, Vera is attracted by the allure of her own space. She sets up a stool, hangs a birdfeeder, and happily watches birds and stick shadows. "She read her library books and forgot about the horrible baby." Although readers see the mother and baby in the background, the focus is on the growth of the beans, not of the infant. Come autumn, while putting aside the dried legumes for the following year, Vera glances down at her sister and realizes that she's not so ugly or loud anymore. The two even share a laugh and Vera promises to make her a bean tent of her own, if she is good. The gouache illustrations are an integral part of the story. With careful precision they define Vera's tidy world. Their exactitude is eased by a plethora of patterns–the checkered clothing, the baby's blanket–and the looseness of nature. Readers will delight in Vera's assertion of her independence.– Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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