Big Sisters Are the Best

Big Sisters Are the Best

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by Fran Manushkin

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Becoming a big sister is an exciting time full of smiles, smells, hugs, and kisses.  See more details below


Becoming a big sister is an exciting time full of smiles, smells, hugs, and kisses.

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Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
A small, simply drawn book about becoming a big sister. The story is told from the point-of-view of the big sister and it talks about all the things that a big sister needs to do to be helpful with a new baby in the house. It is a great introduction to a new sibling in the house for a newly older sister. The girl in the story narrates through all the things that she does during the day and into the night that help with her new sibling. There is a tender part in the end where she gets to have her Big Sister Time and how much she enjoys that part of being a big sister, too. This book is beautifully illustrated and its simple drawings will help even the youngest reader tell the story prior to learning all the words. A child who is questioning the changes in her life will find this story engaging and reassuring. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—These two books are identical with the exception of the illustrations and a few word substitutions. The stories follow a preschooler who has just become an older sibling. The narrator tells what it is like to be a big brother or sister, explaining things like sleeping in a big bed versus a crib, that babies can be loud when they are hungry or when they need a new diaper, that you need to be quiet when they're asleep, and that you need to be gentle when you hug them. Manushkin also emphasizes that even older siblings aren't too big to be held on Mommy's lap or ride on Daddy's back and that having alone time with the parent is still especially important for them. In Brothers, the child plays with traditional toys like trucks and makes castles, while in Sisters the youngster paints and plays with a baby doll. These gender stereotypes aside, the books are excellent introductions to the topic and could be greatly utilized.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL

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Capstone Press
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Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.30(d)
AD350L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computerin New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.

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