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Children's LiteratureHave you had the experience of being the big brother or sister? Do you remember what it was like when that little one came into your family and suddenly things were different? This unique book is written as letters to the baby that is expected. The big brother expresses his feelings of excitement before the baby is born. He explains things about the family and what they do to let the baby know what is to be expected. He also speaks out about his frustration when the baby is born and the attention is drawn away from him to the newborn. There are funny moments—and precious ones as well—that this big brother goes through the first year of his sister's life. Readers will be delighted as they read and look at the "scrap book" the boy has put together. The illustrations are cleverly done with some being realistic and others looking like a child has drawn them. This book should be shared with anyone who knows what it is like to have (or will have) a new addition to the family. The reader may gain new insight on what it is to be a big brother or sister. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 5 to 7.
—Cathi I. White