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Saturday 16 January 2021

Review: Come Home Ella

Having a new baby in the family is an exciting event, a cause for celebration.

But what happens when the new baby arrives early? What if you can't visit the baby?

Come Home Ella is the story of just that situation, when an older sibling discovers their baby sister couldn't wait to see the world, but isn't quite big and strong enough to come home yet.

We share the experience with the older sibling, who is never named.

There are lots of things they want to share with their new baby sister. Things like hugs (which is why there's a hug chart to record all the hugs that Ella will get when she comes home).

It's a confusing time though, because Mum and Dad are often busy at the hospital with Ella.

When the time finally comes to visit Ella, there are other babies there, too, but the best thing is the special kangaroo cuddle they can give Ella. 

Then the countdown is on for Ella to come home, and it will be soon.

For children experiencing the premature birth of a baby in the family, Come Home Ella will provide reassurance. Its simple explanations of what's happening, and exploring how you might feel are relatable, and the illustrations are realistic and meaningful, without being confronting.

A special, informative story for families.

Teachers' notes and colouring pages are available to download.

Title: Come Home Ella
Author: Chelsea Davies
Illustrator: Lisa Coutts
Publisher: Empowering Resources, $ 17.00
Publication Date: September 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925592351
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture book