A young girl's world is turned upside-down when her mother decides to remarry. Along with the ring comes a few more,
Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four. The girl will do whatever it takes to keep step siblings out of her life. She eventually realizes there are some benefits to having a blended family.
This lighthearted story will reassure children that in spite of change, the outcome is worth the transition. It delights in the possibilities with having a blended family.
Nominated in 2012 as a finalist in National Association of Elementary School Principals contest. Children, ages 4 to 8, will love its suessical flair of bold illustrations and lyrical text.
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.08(d)|
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Received a copy from the author. This is such a great book to teach children about blended families. My daughter was certainly interested in what those steps would do next. This book teaches and entertains!
Great story about the difficulties of gaining a new and ready made family but ultimately how rewarding it can be. Recommended for any child living with step brothers and sisters.
As a publisher and remarried mother of four (including two stepdaughters), I am impressed with how well Maria Ashworth handles the tender subject of stepfamilies. The play on words on the front cover tricked my 10- and 8-year-old boys into thinking this was a book about stair steps. But as they settled into the rhyming words and illustrations reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, I watched their faces curve into smiles when they realized the real meaning of the word "step." Using a short, simple story line, Ashworth breezes lightly through a heavy topic and ushers children straight to the truth of the matter -- that it's okay to feel anxious about a changing family, and that being part of a stepfamily can bring lots of unexpected joy.
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four by Maria Ashworth is a beautifully written and illustrated children’s book about co-mingling families. One day a mother told her daughter that she was getting married. Her daughter began to wonder if she would have to share her mother? Would the special times they once shared vanish? She didn't like these thoughts one bit. Maria takes us on a journey into the thoughts of the child as she begins to visualize how having additional people, whether it is brothers or sisters, would drastically affect her world. She didn’t want any step brothers or sisters; she wanted her life back the way it was. She not only didn't want them in the house, but she had named them Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four. She even made some rules for them, from don't talk to her to don't touch her things. But one day something changed all of that. I enjoyed reading Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four by Maria Ashworth. It was hilarious and the colorful illustrations just added an essence of character to the story. When you are the only child, you don't have to share anything. When that is over, you can expect the worst because your world will change, but all is not lost. How do I know? I was once an only child and felt the same way. Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four by Maria Ashworth is an excellent book for educating children on how to deal with step families, which is becoming a normal state of life. Maria, thanks for such a great and engaging story about a serious situation.