In Getting near to Baby, Audrey Couloumbis tells the story of Willa Jo and Little Sister, two girls grieving for their littlest sister, Baby. After Baby dies, Little Sister stops talking and her mother spends most of her time painting pictures of her lost infant. Aunt Patty decides the girls should live with her, and does her best to care for them. However, the girls miss their mother, and Aunt Patty doesn't always understand what they like or what they need. One morning, thirteen-year-old Willa Jo and Little Sister go up on Aunt Patty's roof to see the sun rise, and they just stay there. At first, Aunt Patty is embarrassed and angry at their behavior, especially since all the neighbors are talking. Eventually, though, she and her husband join the girls and Little Sister starts talking again to explain that they got on the roof because they were "getting near to baby." After the girls clear up their misunderstandings with Aunt Patty, their mother arrives to take them home.