Vera’s Baby Sister (Hardcover) by Vera Rosenberry. Henry Holt, 2005. ISBN: 0805071261. pp: 32.
Ages: 4-8, gr: preschool-2



Vera feels she doesn’t have a place in her house after baby Ruthie comes. But Grandfather’s plan of planting beans gave Vera a special place all through the spring, summer, and authmn. Then Vera sees how Ruthie has grown and thinks maybe it isn’t so bad to have a little sister.


  1. Draw a line down a sheet of paper to make two columns. In the first column list several reasons why Vera hates her baby sister. In the second column put how each of these has changed by the autumn.

  2. Look at the Illustrations. Estimate the length of the sticks Vera and Grandfater gathered. Do you see another way a stick like this is used?

  3. What is Mother doing while Vera is in her bean tent?

  4. Read about the Plant Life Cycle told by second-grade students.

  5. The last page is just a picture. Write 2 or 3 centences that go with this picture to end the story.

  6. Tell about a time when someone did something for you that made you feel special.

  7. The parts of a bean plant have some long names. Label the parts of a sprouting bean plant. Check your answers.

  8. Have a been plant growing contest between teams in your classroom. Measure bean growth and record on graph paper.

  9. Look at several of the book illustrations created by Vera Rosenberry. What do you like best about her pictures?

  10. Teacher directed activity.
    • Preparation: Using the Google search engine, click "maps" and enter Grantchester England. Select a view about 1/3 up the scale from the bottom to see the community where Vera Rosenberry lives.
    • Activity: Show students the approximate location of Grantchester on the globe. Find the approximate location of your school on the globe.

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