Sister's Wish

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The simple lyrics to country-folk singer Kate Jacobs' "A Sister" are richly matched by Carpenter's warm and dramatic illustrations, in this entertaining story about a feisty young girl with lots of brothers who would love to share secrets with a sister. Full color.

A little girl with six brothers (including half and step) longs for a sister--though there are times when things really aren't so bad after all.

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Overview

The simple lyrics to country-folk singer Kate Jacobs' "A Sister" are richly matched by Carpenter's warm and dramatic illustrations, in this entertaining story about a feisty young girl with lots of brothers who would love to share secrets with a sister. Full color.

A little girl with six brothers (including half and step) longs for a sister--though there are times when things really aren't so bad after all.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Verzi Julian
The author approaches a modern social problem with compassion. This little girl is surrounded by rough and tumble brothers-whole brothers, stepbrothers, and half-brothers. All too often, she feels out of place-especially when she moves from Mom's to Dad's and back again. Having a sister, she feels, would solve all of her problems. With words from the heart and lively pastels, she eventually learns that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that sometimes a brother can be a special thing.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2This story's refrain says it all: "Things wouldn't be so bad if I just had a sister!" A child's longing for someone who understands her, for someone who is decidedly more feminine than her brothers, for someone who can help her miss her father less when she's at her mother's, or miss her mom less when she's at her dad's is all the six or seven-year-old heroine thinks she needs. In the end she realizes that sometimes "...just being a sister will do." Warm, realistic drawings done with pastels in a somewhat chalky effect draw readers in, if the rhyming couplets do not. The text weaves and bobs along with a cadence of its own even though the stereotypes stand firm. This girl wants no part of a rough-and-tumble soccer game, hand-me-down overalls, and toy gunsall boy things in her estimation. The illustrations help enormously in making this an appealing package. The typeface is easy to read, almost an enlarged typewriter font. Thus the simple language and repetition coupled with engaging pictures could make it a candidate for early readers.Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Warm, expressive pastels reinforce a text inspired by Jacobs's song about a girl burdened by brothers (stepbrothers, half- brothers, whole brothers) and wishing for a sister. The transition from sung verse to book text is surprisingly smooth; these are homey, simple wishes in any medium. The language is plain and unforced, working off the strength of detail in the girl's life and only once invoking a metaphor ("there's a princess's heart/beating under these thorns"). Carpenter's lovely paintings are alive with action; her characters have vivid facial expressions and dynamic body language. The story perpetuates gender stereotypes (the boys play rough, and with guns, while the girl picks flowers and serves imaginary tea), but it does so with the ring of truth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786801381
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Jacobs
Kate Jacobs

Kate Jacobs is the author of The Friday Night Knitting Club and Comfort Food. A former magazine writer and editor, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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