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Children's LiteratureEmma, the big sister, loved to feed, cuddle, and play with her new baby brother, Isaac. But now Isaac is almost three and he has a mind of his own as to what he wants to do. He will not do what Emma expects and is often contrary. Emma complains to her Mom she is trying to teach Isaac to talk but he will not even try. Emma's Mom suggests that she try to teach Isaac some sign language words. Isaac does not sign back to Emma and shows little enthusiasm for her efforts. When Emma's family attends Emma's school open house, Isaac surprises everyone by signing a few words to Emma's teacher. The ending is a fun twist where we find out why Isaac is the best worst brother. The Question and Answer section about sign language at the back of the book would be helpful to parents. This story will also be helpful to first-time big brothers and sisters. 2005, Woodbine House Publishers, Ages 3 to 7.
—Charlotte M. Krall