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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
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. This picture book helps young girls 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, learning to read
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 sister's perspective. The book captures the excitement and lets the big sister-to-be to decide what she 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 girls whot are becoming a big sister.
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 girls 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 sisters.
Cons: None here. One book reviewer took issue with "stereotyping" girls.
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 sister 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.