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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763621269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763621261
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–Mike, who will be a big brother soon, writes letters to his unborn sibling. After Erica is born, and his friend Rishi also has a new sister, the boys get caught up in a competition about whose new sister is the most amazing. Mike continues to write to his sibling and soon has a full-fledged scrapbook, which he presents to Erica on her first birthday. The book does an excellent job of revealing the fears and joys that accompany the arrival of a new family member. As Erica grows, Mike grows into his role. The letters are natural and convincing, and the artwork, represented as Mike's, shows him to be a sensitive, creative child. Because of the scrapbook layout, this title is best suited for independent readers or one-on-one. It's a fine choice for any new baby collection, not to mention a good introduction to the artistry and fun of scrapbooks.–Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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PreS-K. The classic sibling rivalry story of the preschooler coping with a new baby in the family is told with honesty and fun in this lively picture book. Words and pictures reveal Mike's mixed feelings, both excited and wary, before the baby is born ("There is not a lot of extra room in our house"), and then jealous, angry, protective, and loving through the ups and downs of baby Erica's first year. Meisel's mixed-media illustrations give each spacious double-page spread the look of a scrapbook, combining "photos" in ink and watercolor with Mike's crayon pictures, cards, and notices. Along the way, Mike also talks about his life at school and with his friend, who also has a new baby sister. As in Paula Danziger's Baby, I Was Here First (2004), the appeal is in the truth about the sense of displacement and the growing affection. Hazel Rochman
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More About the Author

Sarah Sullivan's novel ALL THAT'S MISSING received a STARRED REVIEW from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. VOYA called it "AN OUTSTANDING DEBUT NOVEL." Her picture book PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN was an N.C.T.E. Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts and a Bank Street College Best Children's Book for 2012. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College where she won the Harcourt Post-Graduate Scholarship. She lives in Williamsburg, VA. For more info, go to www.sarahsullivanbooks.com

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NKM on January 27, 2013
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I have actually never written a review before on any item I have ever purchased. This book was so bad I am logging on today just to review it to caution Mom's and Dad'd looking for a really great book to do the important job of preparing your first born for the arrival of your second, keep shopping. I purchased this book based on the good reviews I had read on amazon. The few reviews that the book had were stellar. (Honestly, friends of the author must have written them). I usually read a book before reading it to my four year old, but this time, he was with me when the package arrived and was so excited to dig in. I figured, based on the few reviews on amazon, ok, we can read it. I read the first few pages and it was fine. The scrapbook style was not too relatable to my 4 year old, but I embellished and he was getting into it. That is.....until I got just a few pages in where the "big bro" literally says he feels invisible...that nobody pays attention to him. i stopped reading dead in my tracks. I fully understand the hardships a 1st born will encounter as he learns that his life is changing and that he now has to share the spotlight. I fully agree with addressing those emotions....i just could NOT believe the way in which the book illuminates all the downsides of being a big brother!!!! It was awful!!! In fact, I passed it around to friends and family who dropped by and told them to read it and each person said they would never read this to their child, and that they could not believe this was published! The first time i read it, as I flipped the pages,I kept waiting for it to say something on the upside, something great to look forward to about being a brother. Too bad the book never takes a turn for the positive!Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By galena on May 7, 2008
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The letter/ scrapbook format of this book really makes it easy to read and discuss issues that come with being a big brother. It's a great book for parents with older siblings becoming big brother/ sister to read together. Great as a springboard for conversations on what comes with being a big brother, and how your youngster might be feeling about it.
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By Sandra Hutchison on February 14, 2014
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I was so very disappointed in the book I ordered, I bought it because I thought my Great-Grandson could write his own words in this book to his litle sister, there were already stories by another to his sister already written there, I wanted him to have his own thoughts and words to say, the name of the book "LETTERS FROM YOUR BIG BROTHER" were very misleading , so yes I am very disatisfied with the book, now I have a booik written by a boy named Eric to his sister that I cannot use, As usual I have nothing bad to say about Amazon they are the greatest for ordering, but the book I cannot say the same. a disappointed customer from the book co. Thank you .Sandra
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By Carolyn Kumm on January 13, 2014
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Was disappointed with this, I thought it was a book where you could add your own pictures to it, like a scrap book kinda thing, was disappointed that this was not the case
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