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When James's mother announces that she is expecting a new baby, the family considers such names for the child as Mapleanne, Gomer, and Goliath, but after a baby girl is born, the family chooses the name that James picks.
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- A school-age boy eagerly awaits the birth of a sibling and participates in selecting a name. Halloween brings a consideration of a newly invented name, "Mapleanne." " Too new," Dad says. While stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey, his grandmother suggests "fine old family names . . . Gomer, Ethel, or Clyde." " Too old," James observes. Each holiday season brings new ideas until they settle on Patrick for the boy, but can't agree on a name for a girl. Finally, the seasons have rolled around, the baby girl arrives in--and is named--June. The story concludes with a list of common names from seven countries: USA, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Nigeria, Norway, and Egypt. Shute's softly realistic pictures, executed in graphite pencil, gouache, and watercolor, fits the story well. The high degree of family harmony and humor may be idealized, but it is comforting. There aren't any other picture books like this one--others deal with accepting one's name, or name-calling, but this is unusual. Not earthshaking, but useful, attractive, and fun. --Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA
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A new gambit in the waiting-for-the-baby game: after James volunteers to help think of the perfect name, he and his family discuss and negotiate a typical--and amusing--array of suggestions: James's ``Mapleanne'' (``a little too new,'' Dad demurs); Grams's ``fine old family names...Gomer, Ethel'' (``a little too old,'' says James). Biblical names, names with meanings that might prove inappropriate, names suggested by the passing seasons--all get due consideration in Shute's comfortably believable dialogue; but when the baby comes, the decision is easy: the month is June, and that's what she's called. The amiably realistic illustrations make this a book about the seasons as well. Lists of ``favorite'' names, and their meanings, from seven countries. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Albert Whitman & Co, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M080753417X
Book Description Albert Whitman & Company, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX080753417X