I'm a Big Sister

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My Big Boy Potty

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When You Were Inside Mommy

Sharing is Fun

A sister enumerates the joys of welcoming a new baby to the family and the advantages of already being "big."

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Overview

My Big Boy Potty

My Big Girl Potty

When You Were Inside Mommy

Sharing is Fun

A sister enumerates the joys of welcoming a new baby to the family and the advantages of already being "big."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
A young girl describes her new role as "big sister" in this simple book based on the assertion that, "A caring family has plenty of love to go around!" The narrator explains that the new baby is too little to walk, to talk, or to play with toys. The baby is so little it cannot eat pizza or apples or ice cream. The baby likes to drink milk and sleep and, sometimes, look at big sister. Daddy explains that a baby's crying means it needs something—like a diaper change or a bottle—and he invites the sister to help. The parents share baby pictures of the older sibling reminding her that she was once little. They talk about things she can do now that she is big. She knows that her parents love her and she is uniquely herself. An ending "Note to Parents" provides advice about helping a child adapt to an added family member. The colorful full page illustrations depict a loving family group. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In a little book that has been developed to provide reassurance, the little girl talks about all of the things she can do and all of the thing the baby can't do (too little to walk, eat ice cream or pizza). She is then shown holding the baby, helping with the feeding, diaper changing, and looking at her baby pictures. The book concludes with the warm and important message that her parents love her, she is special to them and special because she is a big sister. The last page contains tip for parents to help an older sibling and parents adjust to a new family member. Also available is the companion book, I'm a Big Brother.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Joanna Cole, one of the biggest names in children's nonfiction, has written two new books for young brothers or sisters, entitled appropriately I'm a Big Sister and I'm a Big Brother. Short pages of text show a proud young sibling who notes what the baby can and can't do (eat pizza or ice cream, play with toys) and then talks about they can do together (gently hold, sing little baby songs, make baby warm and cozy. The book explains the need for crying and shows how the older sibling still feels special to her parents. The book ends with a helpful note to parents who are transitioning into a larger family.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2The texts in these two books are identical, with the exception of the gender terms. Cole has successfully captured the youngsters' voices, making it easy for readers to identify with them, whether the books are being read aloud or alone. Familiar situations, as well as positive reinforcement of individuality and importance as part of the family, are good reasons to put this book into the hands of children who will soon be older siblings. A concluding "Note to Parents" in each book offers suggestions on how to communicate with older children about the changes that are coming. Like the texts, the engaging illustrations are the same in both books. Aside from the obvious difference of a boy in one and a girl in the other, the scenes are set up the samethe family at the park, looking at pictures, the father and older sibling giving the baby a bottle, etc. Unfortunately, the artist differentiates between a big brother and a big sister by showing the boy playing with trucks and building blocks, while the girl entertains dolls at a tea party. Sadly, due to these pictures, boys are unlikely to read about the big sister, which makes a case for a library to purchase both titles. Even if only one is feasible, it is certainly a solid addition to any collection.Dina Sherman, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061900624
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 43,169
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Cole

Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Aida loses her throne

    I bought this book for a friend's granddaughter. Aida, aged two and half is has just been dethroned. In fact, life as she knows it is over. The Dauphin has arrived. I'm not crazy about the illustrations. I found them flat and static. But, at least the girl wasn't blonde. If what you seeking is a simple book to reassure the child that she is still loved this might do it.

    The text is serviceable. But it could prompt some useful discussion in a family that might be overwhelmed by the changes that a second child brings. At the least this pleasant little volume can serve as a weapon.

    "But, I was just reading to the baby."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    I'm A Big Sister was a great gift.

    The parents of the little girl I gave this book to read it all the time to their daughter. They said she loves it and they are very happy to have it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Big Hit with Big Sister

    Big hit with Grandma and 2 year old. A very concise and excellent introduction to big-sisterhood.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    Wonderful for an older sibling.

    My daughter loves this book. She adores seeing the baby and reading about the baby's care. We also have the Big Brother version for my oldest son, when his sister was born. We got the Big Sister one, when my youngest son was born. It is really nice way to introduce siblings to the idea of a new baby in the house and a way to make them feel special.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Excellent!

    This book was exactly what I needed to express to my daughter the importance of her role in our family. She is the older sister of twins and even though she did well with their arrival after reading this book I believe she understood how truly special she is and how much she is addored by her daddy and mommy. Well Done Joanna Cole and Maxie Chambliss!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    So much better than the books that focus on the negative. We hav

    So much better than the books that focus on the negative. We have the Brother version, otherwise identical. I pasted in photos to every page, showing my grandson with the new baby, showing his parents kissing my grandson, and him playing with toys, helping care for the baby. At the end of the book, on spare pages, I pasted photos of HIM as a baby, and us caring for him. So he likes the book not just because it's about "a" big brother, but really about HIM as a big brother. Now I'll get the sister book, as child 3 just was born. And I'll add in photos of HER with the baby, and her playing with big kid stuff etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Ordered this book online for my 3 year old daughter. I like the

    Ordered this book online for my 3 year old daughter. I like the simple straightforward wording. The pictures are nice too. It is a very short (story-wise) and small (size-wise) book. I thought it would be bigger, but it's not a full sized book.

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  • Posted October 17, 2012

    Great book

    This book came highly recommended by friends who also had to introduce the concept of a new baby to their first borne. My daughter responded well to the story and the imagery. She often shows it to friends, family and babysitters when they come to the house to visit - she's very proud of becoming a big sister and associates this book with part of her journey.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    great book for toddlers!

    My 2 1/2 yr old daughter loves this book and it has helped her prepare the arrival of a baby sister before and now in adjusting to being a big sister...she still loves and requests this book daily...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    A Baby Is Coming To Our House!

    "Im a Big Sister," by Joanna Cole, is a great way to help a pre-schooler think about the new baby. As an elementary teacher, I would use this book as a jumping off place to discuss how the big sister will help the new arrival and just how important that role will be for the older child. This book makes the older children realize that they are special too.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Great Book!

    Excellent book for a little girl who is a big sister for the first time. Really makes her feel extra special and so very important to the whole family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    Perfect for friends' 4 year old!!

    Friends of mine just adopted a baby boy. Their 4 year old (also adopted)is not liking her new brother. Told mommy that 'everything will be okay when they return the boy for a baby sister' I immediately ordered this book and had it shipped to her. After all big girls are important enough to get mail delivered!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    This Book was Great

    My daughter loves this book she has me read it to her everynight more than once before she goes to bed. She will say 'read baby sister story mommy'. Her attitude towards her baby sister has improved alot. She now understands more what the meaning of being a big sister is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    A must have for the new Big Sister!

    Great, great book! Get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    This book explains it just right!

    This book hits the spot! It was a wonderful idea to make a sister version and a brother version of the same book. It's so nice that there are talented authors and illustrators that know just how to communicate to a young child a new concept in such an appropriate, positive way. I found it helpful to introduce this book before the new baby arrive. I like how it plays up the fact that the baby can't do many things that the big sister can do. And it sets the tone that the new little person needs quite a bit of attention (help). I am a preschool teacher and when one of my students is about to become the big sister, I always recommend 2 books--"I'm a Big Sister" to read with the child and "The Pocket Parent" as a handy quick-read reference of sanity saving suggestions for Mommy and Daddy. "Pocket Parent" is literally pocket-sized and loaded with hundreds of helpful tips exclusively written for parents of 2's, 3's, 4's, and 5's. This A-Z guide has a number of pertinent chapters to this topic including: the new baby, bad words, bedtime, biting, sibling rivalry, "I hate you", the "gimmes", interrupting, lying, self-esteem, and separation anxiety. There are many issues that can arise when a new baby comes into the family with a preschooler. Both of these books help to relieve a child's and parent's anxiety and frustration with the changes in behavior and routine that are bound to happen. Both books are invaluable comforting "friends" to be consulted and reread at a moment's notice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2001

    We love it! Lots of laughs and love

    At two the big sister giggles at the idea of not being big enough for Pizza! And now talks to the 'baby' and covers the baby up...though the baby is not due for 6 more months!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    Great understanding of what a big sister is

    My daughter read this book about a month and a half before my son was born. She loved reading the book and it really helped her understand that she could do more things than her new baby could. She would repeat the words in the book (He can't eat ice cream or pizza...). I believe this book helped her identify that she was very special because she was a big sister and because we took extra time to read her this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    The Big Sister loves it!

    This book is the cutest! Great pictures, perfect for toddlers, and just the right number of pages. It teaches the big sister that even though she likes pizza and ice cream, that they baby cannot eat it. It explains that babies cry to tell us something because they are too little to talk. It shows both mom and dad taking care of the baby and that the big sister can help too. I especially liked the end where it states that the big sister is special too.

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