Brothers and Sisters


This title teaches readers that all families are different, and that some families include brothers and sisters. A family tree shows readers how people in families are related to each other.

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This title teaches readers that all families are different, and that some families include brothers and sisters. A family tree shows readers how people in families are related to each other.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The table of contents page includes the following questions: "What Is a Family?" and "What Are Families Like?" Both of these "mini-chapters" answer the questions very well with straight forward sentences such as "A family is a group of people who care for each other." and "Families are made up of different people." This title in the Acorn early readers "Families" series goes on to describe the children in families—girls and boys in a family ". . . are called siblings." The simple text is accompanied by colorful pictures that show a variety of different family possibilities with girl siblings called sisters and boy siblings called brothers. We are shown a wide sampling of ethnicities and a variety of settings, both indoors and outside. Space is given to the facts that some siblings live with both parents, some with only one, and some away (a college age brother is shown packing to "go away") from their families. Siblings may look alike or be very different in appearance, depending on the composition of the family: stepsiblings may look different as may children who come into a new family through adoption. As with the other titles in the series, there is a table of contents, a brief "picture glossary," a brief index, and notes to parents and teachers with ideas for before and after reading strategies to make the book more meaningful. Fine for preschool read aloud or older, challenged readers. Rated level H with 145 words, this series also includes: Aunts and Uncles, Parents, Cousins, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Role Models. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432946555
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Families Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.43 (w) x 6.93 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Rissman has written over 100 nonfiction books for young readers about science, math, and history.Her favorite letter in the alphabet is R because when you say it out loud you sound like a pirate!
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Table of Contents

What is a family? 4

What are families like? 8

Brothers and sisters 10

Picture glossary 23

Index 24

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