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Children's LiteratureEven if you do not have siblings it is easy to identify with the relationships explored here in a variety of poems from an array of poets including: Dorothy Aldis, Joyce Armor, Allan A. DeFina, Emanuel di Pasquale, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Lois Duncan, Eleanor Farjeon, Karama Fufuka, Kristine O'Connell George, Nikki Grimes, Sara Holbrook, David L. Harrison, Mary Ann Hoberman, J. Patrick Lewis, Richard J. Margolis, Jane Medina, John Micklos, Jr., Eileen Spinelli, and William Wise. The poems cover the gamut of emotions of "siblinghood"—from the new arrival to the tattletale brother of "I'm Telling." The predominant theme is that while having siblings can be very trying, they are exactly what being part of a loving family is really all about. I love the big brother in "Don't You Tease My Sister" who admits that he might tease his sister but if you do "you'll have to deal with me." I think that families sharing this book and story time readings will elicit lots of discussion and thinking about what it means to be a sister or brother—a very positive, loving experience from this springboard of thinking about siblings. The illustrations are modern watercolors that capture loving expressions, bemusement, tender moments of handholding, and other emotions with truth and honesty. Balancing the negative side of siblings with their importance will give children an opportunity to explore their own feelings about their family. Add this to the home or classroom library as an important influence for shaping people who grow to treasure their siblings. 2006, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 to 6.