I had a different review planned for today, but as with the rest of the children’s book community, I am reeling with the premature loss of one of our best. A year younger than me, Amy Krouse Rosenthal died of cancer this week. She wrote 28 children’s books, including “Duck! Rabbit!”, “Little Pea,” “I Wish You More,” “Plant a Kiss,” “Spoon,” “Exclamation Mark!” and most recently, “Holy Cow, I Sure Do Love You!” Every single one had a message of hope: be yourself, try new things, follow your imagination….
She was an inspiration to so many of us and I felt today’s review should be a recommendation of on of her picture books.
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2015
Themes: sisters, babies, stories in rhyme, family
The big news is this:
will be a big siss.
The life-changing exciting moment of the arrival and first months of a little girl’s baby brother–all told in simple rhymes, often of only one or two words.
Why I like this Book:
It is an issue book, therefore the audience is limited but as there’s no shortage of older brothers and sisters and baby arrivals, this will not lack a readership. Indeed the short rhymes are at times very funny and emotive, and will appeal to adults as well as kids. Peter Reynold’s Illustrations are as adorable and expressive as ever.
The simplicity of the text more than allows for a full range of older sibling emotions such as the bit of disappointment when you discover a newborn baby isn’t exactly able to be a real playmate. And while the story remains completely upbeat, Big sis takes her evolving role seriously and with panache.
It’s a great example of a perennial topic presented in a fresh and charming way, and a great celebration of the connection of siblings.
This is great for a preschool story time about family. Or for a parent to read to a soon to be older sibling.
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