Maggie is so excited to show her friends the picture of her soon-to-be-adopted sister. She can't wait to show the new baby off. Everyone will love her! But when Maggie brings a picture of the baby to
Maggie is so excited to show her friends the picture of her soon-to-be-adopted sister. She can't wait to show the new baby off. Everyone will love her! But when Maggie brings a picture of the baby to show-and-tell, she doesn't get the reaction she expected. Kimberly says the baby is ugly. Even Maggie's best friend, Sam, admits that the baby has a squished nose, a wrinkly face, and big ears. Maggie is mortified. And now she can imagine how awful it's going to be to have such an ugly sister. She doesn't want to have anything to do with a baby sister with ears like a donkey, a nose like a squished bug and a face wrinkled like an old shoe.
When her parents pick the baby up at the adoption agency, Maggie's worst fears are realized. The baby is just like her picture. Maggie wants nothing to do with her. Not even when everyone else is making such a fuss over her. Not even when she is all alone in her crib and crying.
Not even when she smiles up at Maggie for the first time?
A delightful sequel to Give Maggie a Chance, Maggie Can't Wait again features the little girl with the big imagination as she dreads the arrival of a new adopted sister and learns how easy it is to make up her own mind.
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"Maggie Can't Wait
would be an excellent read-aloud book for any child who is expecting a new sibling. In Toronto author Frieda Wishinsky's story, the new sister (here a kitten) is being adopted, but the book would be equally suitable for any new addition to a family. . . This story accurately reflects the conflicting emotions many children experience when a new sibling arrives. . . Vancouver artist Dean Griffiths' illustrations are colourful and attractive, and he does a good job of reflecting Maggie's feelings in her facial expressions.Recommended
— CM Magazine
"Young readers will readily identify with Maggie as she swoops from elation to shame to hopelessness as she realizes she has no control over her parents' decision. Though the story gently addresses the subject of adoption, all expectant parents will find that Maggie's changing emotions and eventual acceptance provide an encouraging message for dealing with the prospect of a new addition to the family. . . Dean Griffiths' soft, pastel-coloured illustrations are slightly old-fashioned, but this is a minor point as they perfectly capture the characters' expressions and the gentle mood of the book and add humour and empathy to the story. When at last we meet Maggie's little sister, the building tension falls away, and the little kitten turns out to be as irresistible as Maggie first imagined."
— Quill & Quire
"Maggie Can't Wait is a delightful children's story about a girl (cat) named Maggie who is excited because she is getting a new adopted baby sister. . . Maggie Can't Wait is charmingly illustrated with little girl and boy kittens in very nice people clothes and gently humorous details."
— Midwest Book Review
"This is a good choice for examining the subtler side of bullying. The drama of a cruel comment is fully realized in a manner and tone that children will identify with; Maggie's mortification is as believable as her triumph."
— School Library Journal
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is the author of many books for children including Give Maggie A Chance, So Long Stinky Queen, No Frogs for Dinner, Please Louise, The Canadian Flyer
series, and the Governor General's Award finalist, Each One Special
. She lives with her husband in Toronto, Ontario.
A nominee for the Mr. Christie's Book Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses, Dean Griffiths has illustrated a number of books, including The Patchwork House, The Lighthouse Dog, Loon Lake Fishing Derby and Fairy. Dean lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with his wife and three cats.
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2010 Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize Winner