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Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a story about a girl who finds out that she is going to be a big sister. It follows the family through the birth and first years with a new baby. Sometimes it is a challenge for the big sis, but she is always there for her little brother. This is a rhyming picture book about being a big sister.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved this book! She is a big sister so she could identify with the topic. She liked the rhyming cadence of the book.

Adult Reader Reaction: We both picked this book to read. I enjoyed the message and the pictures.

Pros: A positive message is brought out through expressive pictures and excellent rhyming text.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This would be a good gift for a family with a new brother or sister on the way.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NOT YET, ROSE   YOU AND ME (New Baby Series)   ONCE UPON A BABY BROTHER

Educational Themes: This is a book to read before a new baby arrives or shortly after. You can talk about all of the things a big sister does and celebrate her status. The rhymes also give you the chance to practice words and word groups. Use silence once in a while to let your young listener fill in the blank.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2015

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