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It's Not Fair
     

It's Not Fair

by Anita Harper, Mary McQuillan (Illustrator)
 

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Putting up with a new baby brother is not fair! Everyone fusses over him. Mom and Dad do everything for him, while older sister has to manage by herself! But could it be that sometimes, being older isn't so bad?

A big sister begins to see the ups and downs of having a new sibling in this delightfully energetic picture book.

Overview

Putting up with a new baby brother is not fair! Everyone fusses over him. Mom and Dad do everything for him, while older sister has to manage by herself! But could it be that sometimes, being older isn't so bad?

A big sister begins to see the ups and downs of having a new sibling in this delightfully energetic picture book.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Books that address sibling rivalry are already abundantly available, but It's Not Fair! manages to offer a fresh perspective on the theme. The heroine of this story is a young kangaroo, who is acutely sensitive to the injustices her parents perpetrate when they treat her new brother differently from her. ``If he makes a mess, it's all right,'' she complains. ``If I make a mess, I get into trouble. That's not fair!'' When he grows up a little, however, little brother gets his comeuppance, to his sister's infinite satisfaction. ``When I go to playgroup, my brother wants to go too,'' she says gleefully, ``but he can't. He doesn't think that's fair at all.'' The point is well taken, and Hellard's watercolors are expressive and evocative. For a change, this book addresses the woes of the generally much-maligned younger sibling as well as those of the dethroned senior. (1-5)
Children's Literature
The question of sibling rivalry is raised in this story about cute kittens. When the new baby boy comes home, big sister�s nose is out of joint. Baby gets all the attention. When mother takes them for a walk, the baby gets to ride in the carriage, while big sister has to walk. The baby can make a mess, but when big sister does she gets in trouble. She declares, �That�s not fair!� But when brother is bigger, he has to ride in a stroller while big sister gets to walk in the rain. He does not get to go sledding or to playgroup or to play badminton with the big kids. He cries to show that he does not think that is fair. By reading about colorful kittens, parents will have the opportunity to talk over various situations with their children. Hopefully, new doors of understanding will be opened. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Older sister resents the attention that her newborn brother receives. He is fed and carried and excused for his screams and mishaps. She feels jealous, hurt, confused, and angry. When younger brother gets a little bigger, and realizes that older sister can walk in the rain, go to playgroup, stay up late, and go to parties, he feels jealous, hurt, confused, and angry. The universal theme of sibling rivalry, coupled with funny kangaroo characters, will easily capture children's interest. They will secretly taunt, ``It's not fair!'' and applaud the kangaroo characters' protests. The simple storyline provides amusement and catharsis for children who have experienced their own versions of sibling rivalry. It is complemented with full-page, softly colored, cartoon-like watercolors that capture the characters' emotions and match the light, humorous mood of the story. Comparable to Blume's The Pain and the Great One (Bradbury, 1984), this title will hold the same appeal for a younger audience. Janice L. Amicone, Downington Area School District, Uwchland, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823420940
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.42(w) x 10.46(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Anita Harper is a psychotherapist whose series of picture books are designed to help young children understand and cope with confusing feelings and situations. She lives in North London with her two children.

Mary McQuillan has illustrated numerous picture books, including Bare Bear by Miriam Moss. In a starred review, School Library Journal praised her art for Cluck O'Clock by Kes Gray as "colorful, bright, and effectively textured," and Publishers Weekly called the book, "something to crow about."

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