My Big Sister / Mi Hermana Mayor

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In this tender, bilingual tribute to his big sister, Pablito recounts all the things she does for him while their parents are at work, sewing “jeans for the whole world.”

Anita wakes him up and makes his breakfast, “Yummy! Yum! / Hot, creamy oatmeal / topped with blueberries and raisins.” She holds his hand while walking him to the bus stop, and when the bus arrives, “I wrap my arms around her. / She tattoos a red kiss on my cheek.” Anita is there to greet him when the yellow ...

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Overview

In this tender, bilingual tribute to his big sister, Pablito recounts all the things she does for him while their parents are at work, sewing “jeans for the whole world.”

Anita wakes him up and makes his breakfast, “Yummy! Yum! / Hot, creamy oatmeal / topped with blueberries and raisins.” She holds his hand while walking him to the bus stop, and when the bus arrives, “I wrap my arms around her. / She tattoos a red kiss on my cheek.” Anita is there to greet him when the yellow school bus drops him off in the afternoon, and she helps him with his homework, “just like Mom and Dad.”

When Pablito's homework is done, they go outside and play soccer. Then it's time for dinner, a shower and a book in bed. And finally, their parents are home. “They praise my sister / because she is that big sister any brother would wish for!” And affectionate Pablito is surely the younger brother all kids want.

Caraballo's sweet lyrical ode to an older sibling, warmly depicted by illustrator Thelma Muraida, will resonate with young children ages 3 to 7 who rely on brothers and sisters to help with meals, homework and fun!

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Editorial Reviews

Mamiverse
An enjoyable tale that does not trivialize the reality of working parents and children as caretakers but chooses instead to focus on the love and spirit of cooperation that makes such situations possible. A wonderful read to model responsibility, family bonding, and having fun with those you love.
Kirkus Reviews
This bilingual tale captures the loving relationship of two latchkey siblings. In a first-person narration, Pablito describes how his sister Anita takes care of him while his parents work in a factory to "sew jeans for the whole world." After Anita wakes him up, Pablito brushes his teeth, dresses for school and ties his own shoes. In the kitchen, he eats the oatmeal his sister has made, and then the two walk down the street to the bus stop. Pablito picks some flowers for Anita along the way then boards the bus for school. The story skips ahead to the end of Pablito's school day, with his sister meeting him at his bus and the pair returning to their house, where Anita helps her brother with homework. A friendly soccer game with two boys follows, before the siblings eat reheated leftovers for dinner. Pablito showers and asks his sister for a bedtime story and a song. After he falls asleep, his parents return and thank Anita for the wonderful care she has given to Pablito. Caraballo's narrative is well-paced, although the flow is marred by occasionally awkward onomatopoeia. English text precedes the Spanish translation, often complemented by small illustrations highlighting Muraida's artwork on the facing pages. A charming, if idealized tale highlighting a situation familiar to many children. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558857506
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 956,421
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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