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Big Brother Now: A Story about Me and Our New Baby

Big Brother Now: A Story about Me and Our New Baby

by Annette Sheldon

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Children's Literature - L. A. Gallaway
This is the story of a boy transitioning from being an only child to becoming a big brother. The story begins with the arrival of a new baby sister, and the boy is reflecting on how his role is changing. He remembers how safe and loved he felt as an only child, but now, everything has changed and he thinks, "I don't know how to be a big brother." The book then goes on to show how daily living is affected by the arrival of his baby sister. There are ups and downs, but through it all he begins to understand and define his role as a big brother. He finds ways in which he can be helpful, and he begins to develop his own special relationship with his little sister. In the end, he realizes that he will always be unique, valued, and loved. He thinks, "I feel warm and safe and strong." The illustrations are comforting and familiar. They support and extend the story. Reviewer: L. A. Gallaway
School Library Journal


Jake feels displaced when the heaps of adult attention he's accustomed to divert to his new baby sister. He also frets about the duties of being a big brother. The boy's reaction is to become extremely helpful to Mom and understanding of her need for rest. This brings forth the desired praise and privileges of growing up. The simple sentences are stilted and remind readers of the author's intent to instruct. One also wonders about the lack of peers in Jake's life, a fact that seems to magnify his need for adult approval. Realistic paintings show the repeatedly red-faced baby crying and a kitchen with standard mess. These commendable depictions don't compensate for the incredibly perfect behavior taken on by a child struggling with sibling rivalry.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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American Psychological Association
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New Edition
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 6.58(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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