Cover image for Loretta's gift / Pat Zietlow Miller and Alea Marley.
Loretta's gift / Pat Zietlow Miller and Alea Marley.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little Bee Books, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Loretta tries hard to come up with the perfect gift for her beloved baby cousin, Gabe, but on his first birthday she learns she has already given him something special.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 4-8.
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Meet a little girl named Loretta who tries to find the perfect gift for her new baby cousin in this sweet picture book by bestselling author Pat Zietlow Miller!

Loretta and her parents are so excited that Aunt Esme and Uncle Jax are having a baby! When Gabe arrives, Loretta thinks he is the best baby on the block! Everyone showers him with gifts, but Loretta doesn't know what to give. Can she think of the perfect gift for her baby cousin?

Author Notes

Pat Zietlow Miller is a bestselling children's book author. She is the author of Sophie's Squash , which was starred by Kirkus , Booklist , SLJ , and PW , as well as awarded the 2014 Crystal Kite Award, the 2014 Golden Kite Award, a 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Honor, and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor. Her second book, Wherever You Go , received two starred reviews and has sold in multiple translations. She is also the author of Sharing the Bread , Sophie's Squash Goes to School , and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville .

Alea Marley is a children's book illustrator who loves creating whimsical scenes and cute characters. She lives in the UK.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Loretta's aunt and uncle are having a baby, and while Loretta isn't clear on all the details ("Loretta looked at Aunt Esme's belly. Could it hold all that and a baby?"), she sees that everyone has something to give the new arrival, and she wants in on the action. But without money ("Her penny collection wasn't enough") or adult motor skills (Mom knits baby caps, Uncle Jax assembles the cradle), what can a kid do? Eventually, she discovers that being an eager helper and enthusiastic cousin-organizing little Gabe's hats, feeding him mashed bananas, cooing "Who's the best baby on the block?"-makes her, in Aunt Esme's words, "the best gift Gabe ever got." Miller (Be Kind) and debut artist Marley's straightforward, mostly unsentimental treatment and diverse cast (Loretta, her parents, and Aunt Esme are brown skinned; Uncle Jax is white) make a familiar story feel fresh as it focuses wholly on how even the smallest members of a family can take on more mature roles. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.