A Song for My Sister

A Song for My Sister

by Lesley Simpson, Tatjana Mai-Wyss
     
 

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WAAAAA!  When Mira's wish for a sister at long last comes true, she's thrilled—but the new baby isn't exactly what she expected. Who knew someone so little could make so much noise! No matter what Mira or her parents do to soothe or amuse her, the baby's reaction is . . . WAAAAA!

On the day of her simchat bat, her Jewish naming ceremony, the baby cries

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WAAAAA!  When Mira's wish for a sister at long last comes true, she's thrilled—but the new baby isn't exactly what she expected. Who knew someone so little could make so much noise! No matter what Mira or her parents do to soothe or amuse her, the baby's reaction is . . . WAAAAA!

On the day of her simchat bat, her Jewish naming ceremony, the baby cries—as usual! That is, until Mira steps close to offer her own special gift and the inspiration for her parents' choice of the perfect name.

Lesley Simpson's tale of a family adjusting to a welcome change is sweet and sassy and very funny. It's a universal story about families and siblings, as well as a glimpse into a lovely Jewish ritual for welcoming baby girls to the family and the community.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Mira wanted a sister; her wish came true. However, after eight days of listening to the baby cry, the family members are at wit's end. No matter what they do—play the recorder, burp and bounce the baby, she wails. On the eighth day, readers learn about the Jewish tradition simchat bat, which is a baby-naming ceremony. After the rabbi arrives, Mira sings, the crowd repeats a refrain, and the baby coos along. A bond occurs in the form of a sister duet in this newly expanded family. The baby is named Shira, which means "song" and rhymes with Mira. The next day, Mira turns seven and wishes to always sing duets with her sister. Mai-Wyss's attractive illustrations have a springlike, watercolor appearance and show a much older child sitting on mother's lap. Even though this is a unique tale about a religious tradition, it represents a universal theme of a new arrival who just needs time to fit into the routine of an established household. A supplemental purchase.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Mira wishes for a little brother or sister but when her wish finally comes true things aren't exactly the way she'd imagined them to be. Waiting for her naming day to give the baby a moniker, Mira comes up with a few suggestions in the interim. How about Siren? Or Thunder? After her ideas are kindly vetoed she gives up and joins with her bedraggled parents in doing everything she can think of to get the little one to stop crying. Cartwheels, bouncing, dancing, burping, not even underwear in Mira's ears can make the sound stop. When the rabbi begins the simchat bat the onlookers cover their ears but finally when the time comes for the singing Mira's song hushes the baby who then begins to gurgle along in a sisterly duet. Mom and Dad proclaim she will be named Shira, meaning song, and the two girls grow up singing together. The story serves as an introduction to some Jewish culture and terminology but the focus is the family relationship. Cheerful watercolor illustrations show rosy cheeked characters in a variety of familiar situations young readers will recognize and enjoy. Reviewer: Amy McMillan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582464282
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

LESLEY SIMPSON's secret fantasy is to sing! In the real world, she has worked as a reporter, feature writer, and columnist for Canadian daily newspapers, as well as an associate producer for CBC Radio. In her other writing life, Lesley is the author of The Hug, The Shabbat Box, and Yuvi's Candy Tree. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada, but you can visit her anytime at LesleySimpson.ca

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