A baby is on the way. Edward’s mom is having a baby and everyone is excited. There is so much to do and so many things to think about. What will the baby’s name be? What will the baby wear? Most important of all—will it be a boy or a girl? Edward wants a baby brother. He waits and wonders and gets ready to fill the crib with a dump truck, wooden train, and other toys. Then the big day comes. Will Edward’s mom come home with his brother or his sister in this Society of School Librarians International Honor Book?
Well, here’s a parade of gender stereotypes for your unsuspecting toddler. Yes, the message in the very end is that even though Edward’s new sibling is a girl, he likes her anyway (imagine that). However, it spends all but about two pages of the book pushing the ideas that the new baby’s gender is the most important thing about it, that all of his or her activities will be dictated by their gender (something that’s never resolved at all), and that a brother is clearly preferable. No thank you.