Being an only child, I could always count on receiving my parent's love and attention. I never had to share them with anyone else. I cannot imagine what I would have done if my parents had announced that they were going to have another child. I probably would have thrown a fit. Today you will see how Little Pip the young penguin copes when his mother lays an egg. Only children dealing with the impending arrival of a new sibling are sure to find this story comforting.
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
For ages 4 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2010, 978-1-4169-4204-7
Little Pip’s mother has a large egg resting on her feet, which means that Little Pip can no longer sleep under her mother’s “soft, warm belly.” Since the arrival of the Egg, Pip’s parents have been making a huge fuss over it. They talk about how a little brother or sister for “sweet Little Pip” will make their family “just right.” Pip cannot see how the egg can make her family any more right than it is already.
When Mama goes to sea to fish, Papa takes on the job of taking care of the Egg. This means that he cannot slide on the ice with Pip, and his poor daughter feels very ignored. Why did the Egg have to come along to spoil everything? Then a storm blows in and Pip does what she can to help her Papa take care of the Egg. After all, her Mama said that Pip is big enough to help take care of the Egg.
Getting used to the idea that there is going to be a new person in the family is never easy for an only child. They cannot help feeling a little rejected and lonely. Reading about Little Pip’s struggles will surely help just such a child to understand that having a sibling will only add to the love in the family.
This third Little Pip title will delight little children who have become fond of the little penguin, and who have enjoyed her adventures thus far.