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So-so book, there are better "big sister" books out there
on September 22, 2011
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.