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Evan Early by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
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This title is aimed at ages 4-8. When Natalie's little brother, Evan Earl, is born prematurely, he's earns the nickname Evan Earl-y. No one can say for sure when Evan will come home from the hospital. To help her with this uncertainty, Natalie's father gives her a calendar to keep track of the days - each day that Natalie colours in is one day closer to the day her new brother can come home. When Natalie visits Evan at the hospital, she is curious about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); she talks to the nurses and her Mom explains how the tubes and machines are helping Evan to breathe and eat. As the days go by and become "rainbow weeks" on Natalie's colouring calendar, she gets lonely and a little scared; her parents spend most of their time with Evan in the NICU. She tries to be patient, but finally gets upset by their neglect. Her mom reassures her that they haven't forgotten about her. Over time, Natalie learns that, although her brother might always need special help and lots of attention, she can teach Evan their family traditions, even while he's in the hospital. This is a sympathetic and supportive story for other young siblings of preemies. The full-color illustrations are warm and bright, using Natalie's colouring calendar as a recurring visual theme throughout the story. The pictures portray just enough suggestion of the NICU medical setting to satisfy young reader's curiosity. It is intended for families with premature babies; kids aged 4 to 8 with premature siblings; professionals who work with these families (e.g., OB/GYNs, social workers, NICU nurses, neonatologists, paediatricians).
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2006
Illustrated by Edward Brian
Country of Publication
United States
30 colour illus
Woodbine House Inc.,U.S.
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