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Summary: Simple illustrations and text help a soon-to-be big brother understand how important he is for his new sibling. From the fun of teaching a growing baby to walk and play ball, to the importance of sharing, the book covers all the key points of this new and exciting relationship in a young boy's life.
This board book helps young kids focus on the positive, not the fear, of a new baby in the house.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 6
Young Reader Reaction: I liked how the author speaks to the reader from the big brother's viewpoint. The book captures the excitement and allows the big brother-to-be to explore his ability to set goals of what he wants to teach the new arrival. It opens the child's mind to discussing their feelings about the change, too. I would definitely recommend this book to read to all boys that are becoming a big brother.
Adult Reader Reaction: The simple illustrations and text make this book accessible to toddlers and kindergarteners alike. The pages are sturdier than most hardcovers for kids, which is great, since young boys will likely want to read this for themselves.
Pros: Bright colors, simple text, and a sense of nurturing make this a nice selection for soon to be big-brothers.
Cons: None here. One book reviewer took issue with "stereotyping" boys.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that you can read with a toddler or preschooler and they can go "read" themselves when they need reassurance that everything is going to be okay once the new baby arrives.
Educational Themes: Each spread covers one topic, whether its size (I'm big, the baby is small) or a concept (things a big brother can do). In addition to providing encouragement, they can be a nice way to introduce contrasts and comparisons.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, growing up
Date(s) Reviewed: February 2013
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews at barnesandnoble.com and reader feedback at amazon.com.