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A Baby Sister For Herry
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Illustrator Richard Walz
Published 1984
Publisher Golden Press
Series A Growing-Up Book
ISBN 0307120112

A Baby Sister for Herry is a 1984 Sesame Street storybook that follows Herry Monster as he deals with the arrival of his new baby sister, Flossie.

The day after Herry's baby sister is born, he visits his mother in the hospital, and she shows him the baby, Flossie, in the nursery. She arrives home a couple of days later. Herry has a hard time adjusting to his new sister, who cries when Herry makes noise playing with a toy fire truck, and is too young to play with him. The baby interrupts Herry and his father making a puzzle because she is hungry, and uses his old blanket. Every weekend, friends and relatives visit to bring her presents and take pictures of her, and Herry feels left out.

Frustrated that everything for the baby is special, Herry imitates Flossie. He drinks milk from a bottle, ends up breaking the baby swing, and shakes Flossie's rattle in the playpen, and finally cries. His mother shows him his own baby pictures. And that evening, his father tells him that "being a big brother is an important job". He learns how to give the baby her bottle, dress her to go outside, feed her and sing her lullabies. Later, Herry shows his friends how to care for Flossie. Herry feels proud when Bert tells him that she looks just like Herry.

Later, as they take Flossie for a walk in the park, Herry's mother offers to buy him an ice cream cone later because while Flossie isn't big enough for one, they are.

Notes

  • Herry's grandmother is referred to as a Grandmonster; it is unclear what monster grandfathers are called.

Characters

Major

Minor

  • A taxi driver
  • A nurse
  • A Rubber Duckie
  • Relatives of the family
  • an ice cream vendor
  • Betty Lou (on the back cover only)

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