cover image Anna's Book

Anna's Book

Barbara Baker. Dutton Children's Books, $8.99 (24pp) ISBN 978-0-525-47231-5

In the first of two titles by Barbara Baker, illus. by Catharine O'Neill, Anna's Book depicts Anna and her mother spending quality time re-reading her favorite book. The artwork shows her mother heading off to fold laundry, so Anna takes over, reading to her teddy bear. In Anna Shares, the grumpy heroine learns that she can avoid sharing cookies with her friend by throwing a temper tantrum. With just one line of text per page, Baker portrays Anna honestly and realistically, with gentle moments as well as cranky outbursts.