Dogs and Little Brothers

Dogs and Little Brothers

by Brett Shampaner, Ben Scott


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Maxwell Maddux, age 5, knows that being a kid is a full-time job. So when his little brother comes home from the hospital, Max finds out quickly that he has a lot to learn. Only after a bit of trial & error (and inspiration from an unlikely source) is he able to master the job of "big brother."

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ISBN-13: 9781496928627
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 09/18/2014
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.09(d)

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Dogs and Little Brothers

By Brett Shampaner, Ben Scott

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Being a kid is trial and error. That's why they call it potty training and why little league practice meets twice a week. It's fun and it's work at the same time.

It's why bikes have training wheels and why Crayola comes in 96 colors and why paper towels are sold by the dozen ... so you don't have to be afraid of failure. You can learn from failure.

The Maddux family was growing, but Maxwell was still learning how to be a kid: playing with his friends and his dog Dynamite, making messes, coloring, running, falling, getting hurt and having fun.

So when his Mom and little brother came home from the hospital, Max and his Dad had the first of many father-son talks.

"Max, you're a man of the house now. Do you know what that means?" Max thought for a minute.

"It means I'm growing."

"That's right. But it also means that you're old enough now to help take care of Dynamite and your little brother."

Max had so many questions. "Can I take Marty to the movies?"

"You can watch a movie with Marty on the couch," Dad said.

"Can I ride the train by myself?" Dad laughed.

"Can you find the train by yourself?"

Max knew being "man of the house" meant looking after his family and friends. It meant taking care of his brother, and teaching him everything he knew. How to play baseball ...

How to eat ice cream ...

And how to read a story.

Max was great at helping Dad cross items off the grocery list. He loved riding in the cart and finding his favorite foods.

Helping with groceries was just part of being man of the house. Sure Max had his choice of cereal, but he also had to help load the car ... and groceries are heavy! But a man of the house doesn't complain about groceries because he needs to eat.

Max was on his way to being an excellent man of the house and he wanted everyone to know.

Max was learning not to frustrate from failure and that Marty didn't always feel like playing.

"Why is Marty so upset? He usually likes when I make funny faces and pinch his cheeks."

"Sometimes babies just need to cry," said Mom. Max's training would have to continue.


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