Big Like Me

Big Like Me

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by Anna Grossnickle Hines
     
 

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I'm going to show you I everything, big brother says proudly to his tiny new sibling. And recalling his own, not very distant experiences, he is the perfect guide to the wonders and discoveries of a child's first year.

A warm and loving picture book. See more details below

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I'm going to show you I everything, big brother says proudly to his tiny new sibling. And recalling his own, not very distant experiences, he is the perfect guide to the wonders and discoveries of a child's first year.

A warm and loving picture book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hines has a gift for depicting children in their natural habitats. This book, however, lacks the verve that some of her other books possess ( Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti and Taste the Raindrops , among them). Big Like Me presents the positive side of being an older sibling; the narrator tells his new sister all the things he plans to teach her: about listening to stories, playing hide-and-seek and so on. On each page the siblings grow a little older, until the last page, which portrays a celebration of baby's first birthday. The illustrations are beautifully natural in the mood they convey: it's nice to see the mother nursing the baby, for example, and carrying her in a front pack. But the text is so rosy and uneventful that even the most enthusiastic older brother or sister is likely to be skeptical about such a future. Ages 4-up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- A book that's sure to be popular with those looking for a book to ease the introduction of a new sibling into the family. Whisper-soft pastel pencil drawings show the interactions between a newborn and her older brother throughout the baby's first year. The pictures are framed and labeled with the appropriate month. The backgrounds are kept simple to keep the emphasis on the two children. The story is told from the perspective of the older child as he relates, sometimes in verse, how he will show the little one everything: ``I'll show you laps and taking naps.'' Hines keeps the vocabulary appropriately simple for a young child. As an illustrator, she has set herself the difficult task of showing the changing sizes and activities of a baby and young child month by month through the course of a year. The drawings are not static presentations, but show a range of movements from crawling to bouncing on Mom's knee. Some renderings are a bit off, but the whole is so enjoyable that they do not detract from the overall presentation. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688083557
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.65(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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