Rose can't wait for her baby brother to be born.
I'll teach him how to run, how to jump, just like me. When was he born, mom?
Be patient. It will be a while.
Mom made a mistake. Barbie was born the next day.
He's the size of an onion. Mom said.
We'll bring him up. Dad said.
Rose stares at her little brother. He didn't seem to be breathing.
She suddenly recalled her fear of being chased by a fox.
Would you like to give him a hug? no Said rose.
Mom and dad used the pram to push Barbie out of the door, let him bathe in fresh air and sunshine.
He's as big as a potato now! Dad said.
Would you like to push the car out, rose? no Rose ran to catch the butterfly.
One morning, mom said: Barbie is as big as a radish!
Soon he will be as big as cauliflower! Dad said.
But rose thinks Barbie looks as weak as ever.
Mother asked her to rock the cradle, she said no, and ran to swing.
One day, rose and her father went to pick blackberries.
Rose, why don't you like Barbie?
Rose's basket fell to the ground. I like it, but & hellip& hellip; He's too young to scare me.
Come on, sit beside me and I'll tell you a story.
—& mdash; Once upon a time, a rabbit and a tortoise were good friends. One day they went to the forest to pick nuts, but each went his own way. When he wanted to go home, the tortoise couldn't find the rabbit, so he set out alone. When it was dark, he was still crawling slowly and talking to himself; Slow down and be steady. I'm sure I can get home safely. At the edge of the forest, he saw something like a yellow moon moving among the trees. Wow, it's a rabbit carrying a lantern!
Rose sat quietly, thinking. When Barbie was born, he was as big as an onion, then like a potato, then like a radish. These days he may grow as big as cauliflower, maybe like cabbage, or even pumpkin!
Rose smiles. Barbie is growing up, isn't he?
yes. Dad said.
That night, rose held her little brother for the first time. She could feel his heartbeat.