No Boys Allowed: Poems About Brothers and Sisters

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An anthology of poems about siblings--and a reminder that for every moment of sibling rivalry, there are a billion moments of loves. The fun-loving collection celebrates the living-room romps, backyard play, rainy day bickering, and strong bonds between siblings. Poets include Allan A. De Fina, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Kristine O'Connell George, Nikki Grimes, Sara Holbrook, and Emanuel di Pasquale. Vivid watercolor illustrations depict sibling scenes both silly ...

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An anthology of poems about siblings--and a reminder that for every moment of sibling rivalry, there are a billion moments of loves. The fun-loving collection celebrates the living-room romps, backyard play, rainy day bickering, and strong bonds between siblings. Poets include Allan A. De Fina, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Kristine O'Connell George, Nikki Grimes, Sara Holbrook, and Emanuel di Pasquale. Vivid watercolor illustrations depict sibling scenes both silly and heartfelt.

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Children's Literature
Even 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.
—Sheilah Egan
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PreS-Gr 3-Twenty-four short poems explore a range of sibling relationships. Almost all of them have appeared in print before and most are by contemporary authors such as Nikki Grimes, Eileen Spinelli, and Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Brief biographical notes are appended. A variety of poetic forms are represented, such as rhyming, free verse, and concrete. Some selections reflect modern family life, such as Mary Ann Hoberman's "Half-Whole-Step." Others, like Allan A. De Fina's "My Older Sister's in the Bathroom," describe situations common to many children. Bright, full-page illustrations, mostly showing children of a variety of ethnic backgrounds, accompany the entries. Although the well-executed, sweetly rendered watercolors do not extend the meaning of the verses, they do an adequate job of portraying content. An appealing choice.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590780510
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen is an accomplished picture-book illustrator. As one of eleven children, she's had plenty of experience with sibling rivalry as well as sibling companionship. She lives in Glenview, Illinois.

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