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Big Sisters Are the Best

Big Sisters Are the Best

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by Fran Manushkin, Kirsten Richards

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Becoming a big sister is an exciting time full of smiles, smells, hugs, and kisses.


Becoming a big sister is an exciting time full of smiles, smells, hugs, and kisses.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
A small, simply drawn book about becoming a big sister. The story is told from the point-of-view of the big sister and it talks about all the things that a big sister needs to do to be helpful with a new baby in the house. It is a great introduction to a new sibling in the house for a newly older sister. The girl in the story narrates through all the things that she does during the day and into the night that help with her new sibling. There is a tender part in the end where she gets to have her Big Sister Time and how much she enjoys that part of being a big sister, too. This book is beautifully illustrated and its simple drawings will help even the youngest reader tell the story prior to learning all the words. A child who is questioning the changes in her life will find this story engaging and reassuring. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—These two books are identical with the exception of the illustrations and a few word substitutions. The stories follow a preschooler who has just become an older sibling. The narrator tells what it is like to be a big brother or sister, explaining things like sleeping in a big bed versus a crib, that babies can be loud when they are hungry or when they need a new diaper, that you need to be quiet when they're asleep, and that you need to be gentle when you hug them. Manushkin also emphasizes that even older siblings aren't too big to be held on Mommy's lap or ride on Daddy's back and that having alone time with the parent is still especially important for them. In Brothers, the child plays with traditional toys like trucks and makes castles, while in Sisters the youngster paints and plays with a baby doll. These gender stereotypes aside, the books are excellent introductions to the topic and could be greatly utilized.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Fiction Picture Books
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Barnes & Noble
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.

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Big Sisters Are the Best 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Adorable. I used this to help a young one I know remember why she likes being a big sister. There are times that, even though they adore the new baby, a bit of jealousy creeps in because the attention is no longer theirs alone.
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
Bringing a new baby into the home is a time of smiles and smells, hugs and kisses. Author Fran Manushkin celebrates this special milestone with a sweet story that shows that there is plenty of love for everyone, big sister and all. This cute little story can help an older sibling understand her role when a new brother or sister arrives home. Narrated by Big Sister in short, straight to the point sentences, she tells us what life is like with her new baby sibling. We learn the baby’s needs, Big Sister’s responsibilities with the baby, and her parents’ role in both of their lives. Big Sister also tells us the differences between herself and the baby. The baby sleeps in a crib, but she sleeps in a regular bed. The baby drinks from a bottle and she gets cupcakes. Big Sister knows there is enough love to go around and she will get her parent’s attention. Until it is her turn for that undivided attention, Big Sister shows us what she does to occupy her time. The little narrator is a happy child who clearly understands her role and the baby’s needs. If I had this situation in my home, this would be a wonderful book to have. My daughter could learn the dos and don’ts of being the older child. The little narrator explains all of this with joy and big smiles. The illustrations are colorful and have a Charlie Brown feel to them with the large heads and small features. This is a balanced view of the responsibilities and the joys of being a big sister. It also makes a point of telling us the love and attention from the parents has not changed. The only thing that has changed in this big sister’s life is her family love, which has increased by one. If you have a little girl about to become a big sister, this is a good book to introduce her to life with baby. Note: received from NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. Originally reviewed at kid-lit-reviews.
MGmama More than 1 year ago
We love this book, my little one is about 2.5 and you can see the wheels turning as we prepare her for the arrival of the new baby. I love how the book simply states the positive ways to look at the differences and changes between baby and big sister. Especially because we are still helping our daughter transition into a big girl for sleeping and potty training.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this book to my two year old daughter every night as we get ready for the birth of our son. It has helped her to envision what is coming and happening around the house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago