Sisters and Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World

Sisters and Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World

by Robin Page, Steve Jenkins

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The award-winning team of Steve Jenkins and Robin Page present fun and fascinating science facts abound in this stunningly illustrated nonfiction picture book about animal sibling relationships such as anteaters, armadillos, falcons, hyenas, and many more.  See more details below


The award-winning team of Steve Jenkins and Robin Page present fun and fascinating science facts abound in this stunningly illustrated nonfiction picture book about animal sibling relationships such as anteaters, armadillos, falcons, hyenas, and many more.

Editorial Reviews

Sarah Ellis
Steve Jenkins and Robin Page present intriguing lore about termite families, bat twins and giant anteater singletons, in gorgeous cut- and torn-paper collages. We enjoy the unexpected grace of beavers swimming and the bulky power of grizzly bears. The text is straightforward, as the authors leave the human analogies to us. But who could resist?
—The New York Times
Karen MacPherson
With verve and wit, husband-and-wife team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page delve into the many types of sibling relationships among animals…The book's text is filled with such intriguing facts. Jenkins's signature collage illustrations further brighten the pages of this accessible science book.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Ken and Sylvia Marantz
Jenkins and Page choose to illuminate another aspect of the animal, bird, and insect worlds in their latest work: sisters and brothers. Some animal siblings resemble humans in their relationships; others are quite different. Basic facts about their birth, youth, and activities are clearly stated for creatures from elephants and armadillos to whiptail lizards, mole rats, termites, grizzly bears, hyenas, black widow spiders, cheetahs, peregrine falcons, wild turkeys, beavers, Nile crocodiles, European shrews, great crested grebes, cichlids, cuckoo catfish, Asian eels, mynahs, and anteaters. Siblings range from singles to multiples, and are even sisters-only, for the lizards. Siblings play together, fight, and even eat each other, in fascinating contrasts to human relationships. Jenkins continues to produce naturalistic creatures using his remarkable manipulated cut and torn paper collages. By arranging the figures in active relationships, he makes his informative pages particularly attractive. A few words add human-like notes (e.g., "girls rule," "wait for me," "friends for life"). Additional facts about each creature and a bibliography are included. Reviewer: Ken and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4- Realistic, handsome cut/torn paper collages form a visual lure for this attractive book on siblings and young in the animal world. Only children (giant anteaters), quadruplets (armadillos), families (elephants), and armies (termites) are just some of the creatures depicted and described. Brief paragraphs provide factual information on their behaviors and physical characteristics, some of which are further detailed in the "Animal Facts" pages (though the parthenogenesis of whiptail lizards is not addressed other than to mention the absence of males). Enough data is afforded to satisfy many children, and adults are offered some further readings to suggest to the insatiably curious. Eye-catching, and with an interesting approach to the animal world, this book should appeal to a wide variety of ages and interests.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Choosing yet another child-friendly theme, Jenkins and Page explore sibling relationships in the animal world. Beginning with numbers of brothers and sisters and going on to the nature and length of the relationship, page by page they introduce varied species from around the world. Giant anteaters are only children, for instance; cichlids and myna birds may have stepsiblings. Grizzly bear brothers grow up fighting each other; peregrine falcon siblings practice hunting with each other. Jenkins's signature cut- and torn-paper images artfully spread across clean white pages with just a paragraph of text and label for each relationship. The creators of this intriguing survey include mammals, from elephants to mole rats, insects, birds and fish. Two pages of animal facts at the end add further information, usually the animal's size, where it lives and what it eats. These appear in the order established in the body of the text, but no page numbers assist the reader looking for something particular. This is an unfortunate but minor flaw in an otherwise splendid contribution, another winner from an accomplished team. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)
From the Publisher

"[P]acked with amazing biology...Depicted in crisp, gorgeous, cut-and-torn paper collages..." Booklist, starred 03/01/08 Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"...splendid contribution, another winner from an accomplished team." Kirkus, starred review, 04/01/08 Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"... fascinating animal facts...the new focus allows deeper explorations of the growth and development stages." Horn Book, May/June 08

Horn Book

"...intriguing gorgeous cut-and-torn-paper collages." NYTBR May 11, 2008 The New York Times Book Review

"Readers will love sharing this...The sibling focus is a way to include a wealth of fascinating science." Book Links, ALA

“Realistic . . . collages form a visual lure . . . eye-catching, and with an interesting approach to the animal world.” July 2008 School Library Journal, Starred

"With nifty torn-paper illustrations, this nonfiction book highlights all sorts of interesting sibling relationships." The Seattle Times

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. Along with writing and illustrating children’s books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

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