A Sitter for Baby Monster
Western Publishing Company in conjunction with Children's Television Workshop, 1987 - Babysitters - 25 pages
Flossie, a baby Muppet monster, is reluctant at first to accept her babysitter, until she and her brother find out how much fun they can have with her.
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ISBN 0307120228 - Sesame Street and Golden Books is a pairing that can hardly go wrong and the Growing-Up Books are proving to be equal to that reputation. The alphabet, counting and colors are important but they've been done to death and if your child is ready for new things, these books might fill the need.
Flossie's Mommy wakes her up with some news – today she's starting her new job as a teacher and Flossie will be staying home with Dolores, her new monster-sitter. Flossie's very sad to see her mother go but Dolores shows her pictures of her cat, plays with her and tries to learn the way Mommy does things for Flossie while showing her new ways. When Henry comes home from school, they go out to the park, stop at the store and come home to get ready for their parents to arrive after work.
While I was reading, one thought kept running through my mind - either Dolores and Mommy are way better with children than humans are or monsters just are better children than human ones. These kids are nearly perfect, the adults are endlessly patient... it's almost enough to give a mom a complex. Still, the book isn't really for us, it's for kids - especially the kids who are about to face "losing" Mommy to the workplace. This book touches on the concerns that little children have when they're first separated from their parents and even indirectly offers parents some input on how to handle the situation. The illustrations are nice, but seem heavy on the pastel shades, maybe intentionally, to be soothing? I don't know, but I wasn't particularly enthralled by them. Pick this one up if you're getting ready to leave your child with a sitter for the first time; maybe a preview will help!