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Best Older Sister
     

Best Older Sister

by Sook Nyul Choi, Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
 
There's always so much fuss over baby Kiju that Sunhi suspects her family doesn't have any interest in her anymore. Kiju is a sweet baby, but Sunhi can't help being jealous. Her grandmother understands just how Sunhi feels, and soon she and Sunhi have worked out a way to make Kiju's first birthday a party for everyone—especially Kiju's "best older

Overview

There's always so much fuss over baby Kiju that Sunhi suspects her family doesn't have any interest in her anymore. Kiju is a sweet baby, but Sunhi can't help being jealous. Her grandmother understands just how Sunhi feels, and soon she and Sunhi have worked out a way to make Kiju's first birthday a party for everyone—especially Kiju's "best older sister!"

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This First Choice Chapter Book by the author of The Year of Impossible Goodbyes reprises a topic frequently visited in picture books: an older child's resentment of the attention a younger sibling receives. Kiju has undeniably usurped Sunhi's focal position in her loving Korean American family. Her grandmother, Halmoni, is too busy caring for the baby while her parents work to meet the girl after school each day with a snack; and visitors ignore Sunhi while they make a fuss over Kiju. Even worse, some guests think boys are more important than girls. Not surprisingly, all is resolved happily, but not without some redundant exposition of Sunhi's feelings. The book's greatest asset is Wright and Hu's (illustrators of Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree) resonant, realistic art. Featured on most spreads, their well-lit watercolors neatly convey the key characters' changeable emotions, from Halmoni's concern at Sunhi's initial anger to the newly placated girl's delight in making her brother smile for the camera. Ages 5-8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Sunhi struggles with jealously toward her young brother just before his first birthday. However, her sensitive grandmother helps the child understand more about the demands of babies and gives Sunhi some special attention. Choi tells a balanced, sensitive story that incorporates some Korean family traditions. The important first-birthday celebration with a traditional outfit for the baby and silk dresses for Sunhi and her two best friends showcases multicultural understanding as a natural part of life. The realistic watercolor and pencil illustrations on each double-page spread complement the text and provide a visual break for early chapter-book readers.Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440411499
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Series:
First Choice Chapter Book Ser.
Pages:
45
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile:
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Halmoni and Sunhi walked to Sunhi's parents' room. They peered into Kiju's crib. Kiju was wide awake and playing with his feet. He was a peaceful, handsome baby.

"Kiju is lucky to have you," said Halmoni. "Soon he will be walking and talking. He will follow you around. You will have to teach him to be smart and kind just like you."

Sunhi's face turned red.

"Halmoni, I was stupid and mean. Sometimes I wanted to be an only child again. I have been a bad older sister," said Sunhi.

"Sunhi, that is all right," said Halmoni. "It is hard to get used to having a baby in the house. Sometimes we wish things had not changed. But that doesn't mean we are bad. I know you love Kiju very much. I know you are going to be the best older sister."

Sunhi watched Kiju.

She promised herself that she would give him the best first birthday party ever.

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