This picture book portrays a child's feelings when she is no longer the baby in the family. It's hard when she's told repeatedly to wait, for breakfast or for book time. And even though she tries to be helpful, she doesn't always succeed. Even so, her parents regularly praise her for her behavior, which allows her to say, "I don't like to wait. But I do like to feel big." In the end, she's off with Grandma to bake cookies, a job only she, as big sister, is able to do. The book remains positive even as it shows some of the struggles of this newly expanded family. The text is supported by softly colored, expressive illustrations that capture this challenging time of life; objects scattered about create a realistically messy setting. Back matter has useful advice for parents about the possible emotional responses exhibited by an older child toward a new sibling. The story is simple and relaxed, and the insight of the final pages will be welcomed.
Martha TopolCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.