Getting Near to Baby

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Getting Near to Baby
Author Audrey Couloumbis
Country USA
Language English
Genre Realistic fiction
Publisher G. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 221 pp (first edition)
ISBN 9780399233890

Getting Near to Baby is a children's novel by Audrey Couloumbis, first published in 1999. It was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2000 and is an ALA Notable Children's Book.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

In the novel, the characters Willa Jo and Little Sister are dealing with their grief after the death of their baby sister after she was given contaminated water. Their mother is unable to handle her own feelings of sadness while caring for the two girls, and sends them to stay with her sister, Patty. Aunt Patty has no children, and her household is full of rules.

When Willa Jo and Little Sister climb up on Aunt Patty's roof to watch the sun rise, then decide not to come down for a while, Patty realizes that she has not been fulfilling the girls' emotional needs. Willa Jo reflects on her memory during her time at her Aunt Patty's house, like meeting Liz, the Piggly-Wiggly pickle, and much more.

Theatrical adaptation[edit]

A theatrical version of Getting Near to Baby was written by Y. York and premiered by People's Light and Theatre Company (Malvern, Pennsylvania) in 2008. The play has subsequently been produced at ChildsPlay (Tempe, Arizona) and Seattle Children's Theatre, and Riverwalk Theater.