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My Sister Lotta and Me

My Sister Lotta and Me

by Helena Dahlback, Rika Lesser (Translator), Charlotte Ramel (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An animated text and inventive multimedia illustrations distinguish this unusually charming book, originally published in Dahlback and Ramel's native Sweden. Against a background of sepia-tinted photos of the interior of an antique dollhouse, Ramel superimposes paintings of two very different but inseparable sisters. The narrator introduces her sibling, Lotta, and admiringly describes Lotta's antics as the two cavort in various rooms throughout the house: they play school (``I'm always the teacher. Lotta, she's a classroom full of children--the most mischievous class I've ever had''); the fearless Lotta walks on a makeshift tightrope (``She goes around for hours with her eyes shut''); and they make honey buns (``I've tried to show her how to crack eggs and beat them, but Lotta claps them hard between her hands, then lets them fall like little Humpty-Dumpties!''). Embellished with such fanciful painted details as scurrying mice and a juggling alligator, Ramel's pictures are as lively as the young duo they showcase. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A simple story of two sisters who are best friends. The narrator describes herself as blue, more conservative, and plainer than the flamboyant Lotta, who is said to embody red. Together they prepare for a party but forget to send the invitations, play school, and make things come to life with Lotta's special touch. They have differences of opinion and show their individual strengths, but they are still the best of buddies. The artwork is what makes this picture book unique. It is a combination of ``sepia-tinted photographs of an antique dollhouse with vivid over-paintings of the two little girls and the details of their lives.'' The bright blue and red coloring on the simple, cartoon figures makes them stand out against the diminutive scenery in a dreamlike setting. The story is much like children playing in a dollhouse- nothing really happens, but those involved truly enjoy themselves.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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1st American ed
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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