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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Ltf Brdbk edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448439158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448439150
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Check out my newest book WIGGLE YOUR TOES! A Book to pull,fluff, and wiggle!

I have always been interested in folk art from around the world, Indian miniatures, Mexican ceramics, fabrics, Chagall, Matisse, children's art, and primitive painting, and I love to paint and experiment with pattern, texture, collage and color. The careers I've had--as a costume designer, a quilt maker, a fabric artist, and a graphic designer--have taken all these interests into account. Looking back, I can see that these passions and career choices have played a large part in influencing me to become a children's book author and illustrator.

But most importantly, it was after my husband and I adopted our daughter from Guatemala that I was inspired to do a children's book for her. My first book, Over the Moon, was the story of that magical experience of welcoming our daughter Lena into our lives. I painted, I drew, I collaged, and I wrote, and after working very hard... a beautiful book was born! Twenty-two books later, my daughter--now fourteen years old--still is an inspiration for me.

I am fascinated by babies and little kids. The simplest words and gestures can make them laugh. Sometimes standing in line at the supermarket and watching kids in grocery carts, my best ideas are born.

I am fascinated by people from all over the world and what they look like and how they live and the differences that make us all unique.

When an idea pops into my head I ask these questions:
Will a child want to read this book?
Will a parent want to read this book with their child?
Will this book make a parent and child feel something?
Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest?
Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book?
If the answer is yes, then I know I'm on the right track.

I am very lucky to get to do what I do. Everyday I go into my studio and have fun. Don't get me wrong, some days are very frustrating. Sometimes the colors are all wrong and the words don't sound right. But after I work at it for a while...and try to do it a different way...and think...and change the words or colors...and try some more...suddenly, there it is--a great page of writing, or a great illustration. And nothing is more satisfying than that.

Customer Reviews

Great book for new big sisters.
Boyd
My friend said her daughter (my daughter's BFF) loves the book and they read it every night.
Michelle P.
Excellent, simple pictures and text.
J. Williams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Dusty on September 22, 2011
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We have several books from this author and enjoy her illustrations and writing style. However, this book has a somewhat negative tone in how it portrays the big sister relative to the baby. Several of the big sister illustrations show the older girl with a "yuck" style face as she looks at the baby not being able to do something she can do (like eating with a spoon or using the potty). However, I don't think my 2 year old notices this potentially negative tone, and I improvise the wording as needed to fit her abilities and what I want to teach her about being a big sister and having a baby around. For example, I say she is "learning how to use the potty" since she isn't toilet trained yet, and for the illustration of the baby that "has to ride in a stroller" versus the big sister doesn't, I say that the baby can't walk so he rides in the stroller, whereas the big sister can walk and run and ride a trike as well (I certainly don't want to discourage her interest in riding in a stroller!).

On the positive side, this book represents both boy and girl babies and also has many multicultural faces so it should appeal to many types of families.

In all, I would recommend "I'm a Big Sister" by Joanna Cole and "I'm a Big Sister!" by Ronnie Randall instead of this book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michelle P. on December 29, 2010
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I'm a white woman in a lily white family. So when I go shopping for books my daughter will identify with, the number of options is endless.

My daughter's best friend is Black and I wanted to find a book she could identify with to help her cope with her new baby sister coming into her life. She was an only child for almost 4 years before baby sister came along and was having trouble adjusting. I was shocked at how few books there are for children of color that address just the simple basic storylines found so easily in the plethera of books available to my daughter with characters she can see and say, "they look just like me, Mommy!"

This book has a lot of different characters inside so a child of every race and ethnicity should have at least one "big sister" in the book to identify with.

The storyline is also really good. Katz's lift-the-flap concepts are very enjoyable for 2-4 year old children. My friend said her daughter (my daughter's BFF) loves the book and they read it every night. She said it really has helped her adjust to being a new big sister. I recommend this and any of Katz's books (I also have her potty training book and no more pacifier book and love them too).
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By SusanPhD on August 5, 2007
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My 3 yo likes this book about being the best big sister ever- i have to adapt it when i read it as its all about being a big sister to a little sister and we have a newborn boy.
Also some of the things my daughter cant do yet- for example one page says My sister poopies in her diaper but I poopy on the potty... well, my daughter doesnt do that yet. A couple of other things too I have to adapt- but she does ask for this book frequently.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By NK on February 2, 2010
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Lift the flap book. Focuses on differences between a baby and a big girl (can get dressed, potty trained, sleep in big bed, etc). My daughter is nearly two and half and I thought this was not so relatable to her (she's not potty trained and needs help getting dressed) but she still loves it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on May 19, 2011
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I bought a number of books for my 2year old in preparation for our new baby, but this one has been the best. It's not dippy, drippy sentimental, and doesn't use euphemisms that sail over a 2 year old's head. Just a few simple, concret examples of what big sister can do that baby cannot in the areas of potty, dressing, eating, etc. I waited until the baby was 4 months old and for the big sister to master some of the examples in the book before breaking it out. It's been on the must read list every night and the big sister frequently just carries it around the house while engaged in other play. She is very proud to be doing the things that big sisters can do. I think this is perfect for a 2-3 year age gap and could spread a little further. We've loved our other Katz books, as well. Our big sister has memorized each big sister task and we "read" it together which is even more fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2009
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We're expecting twins in a few weeks, so I put several Big Sister and New Baby books in our reading rotation - she loves this one! We love all of Karen Katz books.
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S. CARLISLE on February 17, 2008
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I gave this book away soon after purchasing it because I felt like it's tone was too negative. I understand it's purpose is to build up the older sibling, but for every good point it makes about the big sister it has a put-down for the baby. For example, big sister eats with a spoon and fork but the baby eats with her hands (with picture of big sister looking grossed-out). This is not the attitude about the new baby that we want to encourage in our daughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Costanzo on October 29, 2008
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We bought this for our 2 yr old when our next child was due. These books are great and teach things so well. We were able to use this book to explain that babies cant do all the things a big girl can do...so thats why babies need a little more help. We also have the little book of manners and NO Hitting! They have been great! We have 5 of Karen Katz books. Although now our 4 yr old seems bored with them...but the 18 mo old loves them.
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