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Author: Audrey Penn

Illustrator: Barbara Leonard Gibson

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Publisher: Child & Family Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It was Okay for a while, but now Chester doesn't like having a little brother anymore. Every time he thinks Mother Raccoon has given him just a little extra love, she goes and gives it to his brother Ronny, too. Finally, with a story about the stars, Chester begins to understand about a Mother's love. This is a story that helps 'big brothers' understand that parents can never run out of love for their children.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 3.7

Age of Child: Started reading with 3-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: This book is requested often enough that we can't move it from our child's library.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story with just enough humor that the 'big brother' can see his jealousy but not be embarrassed by it.

Pros: Raccoon protagonists make this a story that's easy to swallow for "big brothers" who want to make sure that they are loved, too. It offers parents a means to physically demonstrate their unconditional love in a way that is precious to a child.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Especially if you have two (or more) children who sometimes forget that they are loved equally.


Educational Themes: If you're in a house with siblings (or soon to be siblings), this is a great story for talking about love, jealousy, and being the 'bigger' child.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, animal characters, family, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2006

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