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published: July 2009
ISBN:9781554551033

Maggie Can't Wait

by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

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adoption, peer pressure, new baby
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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
published: July 2009
ISBN:9781554551033
Description

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.

About the Authors

Frieda Wishinsky

FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written many beloved and best-selling books for children. Her books have earned numerous accolades, including a nomination for the Governor General’s Award. She is the author of Where Are You, Bear?; You’re Mean, Lily Jean; and Each One Special, among others. Originally from New York, she now lives in Toronto.
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Dean Griffiths realized his love for drawing at the age of 12, halfway through reading a comic book. He has illustrated over a dozen children's books, including The Patchwork House by Sally Fitz-Gibbon. He lives in Duncan, BC.
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Contributor Notes

Frieda Wishinsky
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.

Dean Griffiths
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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
p to 3
Editorial Review

"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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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Maggie Can’t Wait

Maggie Can’t Wait begins with anticipation. Maggie’s parents are adopting a new baby, and she will finally have a sister. In her excitement Maggie brings a photograph of the baby to show-and-tell. As she holds the picture up for the class to see, she describes her sister-to-be as “...beautiful and wonderful and sweet.” Alas, not everyone shares her opinion. A particularly cruel classmate’s comment wounds her deeply: “You think you’re special because you have a new sister. Well, you’re not. And besides, your new sister is ugly.” Maggie is devastated! How will she ever be able to accompany this infant anywhere without facing ridicule and embarrassment? She secretly hopes that her parents will change their minds about the adoption, but it is not to be. When the baby is brought home, Maggie sadly realizes that the infant looks just like her photo. It is only when the baby smiles at Maggie for the first time that she grows to love the new addition to the family just the way she is!

Frieda Wishinsky’s text is both poignant and uplifting. One can observe the rapid descent of Maggie’s elation to despair after she hears her classmates’ unfeeling comments. She had such wonderful plans for her sister’s public debut and is troubled by the brutal honesty of her peers. Wishinsky sensitively explores the spectrum of Maggie’s emotions from a child’s point of view... from joy to anguish and finally to complete acceptance.

Illustrator Dean Griffiths has created wonderful feline characters using watercolour and pencil crayons. Observe how adept he is at reflecting myriad expressions on the characters’ faces. Even the ugly becomes precious through his skill.

This is a inspirational story about the courage a young child exhibits... a courage to see the beautiful in the ordinary, thus transforming her pain and self-doubt into an assured sense of love and self-worth.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2010. Vol.33 No.1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Maggie Can’t Wait

All babies are cute, right? Well... Maggie can’t wait to show her pals the photograph of her gorgeous, terrific, soon-to-be-adopted baby sister. But mean Kimberly says the baby is unattractive. Even Maggie’s best friend, Sam, can’t think of anything kind to say. Now Maggie would rather clean up after elephants than bring that baby home!

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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