Review of Kiwi Baby – Helen Taylor

Posted: August 7, 2020 in children, picture book, Review


A beautiful story about how a new baby needs time to hatch and grow, for all young brothers- and sisters-in-waiting.

Will the egg EVER hatch? This is a story for all children eagerly awaiting a new sibling.

‘When Baby wakes up,
will she hop and jump?’
‘Not yet, Kiwi Iti,
these things take time.’

Helen Taylor’s gentle text and exquisitely detailed illustrations show that growing a family takes patience and love, but is oh-so-worth the wait.

Kiwi Baby

Helen Taylor

Picture Puffin

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

After discovering an eg and learning it holds his sister, Kiwi Iti impatiently waits for it to hatch.  He bombards his dad with questions about when she can do things.  He waits and waits and waits…….. until finally she’s born.

This was a very sweet story that will help older siblings eager to play with the news baby.  The illustrations are very descriptive and are very descriptive drawings.  The colours are strong but restful, with the text bold and easy to read.

I recommend this for any child waiting for a sibling.


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