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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: How To Series
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375838430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375838439
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—"When you're a baby, you are in a crib and not in school," according to a worldly wise big sister, who reads from a book she has written for her new sibling. She itemizes a long list of things that babies cannot do, including play with her toys, sit in a car "like a normal person," or "have ANY pillows on your bed." Although she tends to focus on the negatives, in the end the unnamed protagonist admits that babies have some uses. She tells her brother that babies are "good at hugging" and "people smile at you because you're so small." She also describes what life will be like when he gets bigger, looking forward to the day when they will "laugh and point at pictures of you in the olden days when you were a baby." The comical cartoons subtly convey the love that the rosy-cheeked girl feels for her round, placid sibling despite his limited abilities. The text and illustrations are scattered across each page in varying patterns. Heap uses acrylic paint, crayon, and felt-tip pen in a pleasing palette of pinks, blues, and yellows to enhance the story with childlike charm. This amusing title could be paired with Amy Schwartz's humorous Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner (Scholastic, 1991). For a more poignant look at sibling relationships, young readers might prefer Shirley Hughes's Annie Rose Is My Little Sister (Candlewick, 2003).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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*Starred Review* There are lots of books about kids and the babies they must endure, teach, and love, but few get the interaction down as perfectly as this marvelous melding of knowing observations and funny, sunny, on-the-money art. The narrator, a little blonde girl, has a long list of things that babies can't do. Go to school? No--stuck in a crib. Eat normal food? No--yucky baby food. Thinking of things that are inappropriate for babies reminds the girl of the many ways in which she's superior: babies don't have any real friends, but she has lots. The tall format offers plenty of room for the sweet, saucy, child-appealing watercolors, some looking as though they were created by the child herself; certainly the lines and squiggles on a few of the pages enhance that feel. Lists also cleverly adorn many of the pages, with headings such as "Things Babies Do That Are Illegal" (poop on the carpet). But in a heartwarming ending, Sister lists things that are nice about being a baby (people don't tell you to stop being a baby because you are one) and envisions the happy day when her brother gets big enough to follow her around, learn from her, and play with her friends (sometimes). With lots to look at, think about, and giggle at, this book will get many readings. Ilene Cooper
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More About the Author

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a Brit who came to the US in 1989 "just for a year." She's still here.

Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East, and West Africa and at a boarding school in the New Forest, the first book she ever remembers reading all the way through was THE COMPLETE NONSENSE by Edward Lear. Things have not been the same since.

She lives in Manhattan and enjoys dividing her time between the front half of her apartment and the back.

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Cute and funny.
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This book would be an ideal gift for any big sisters in families that are expecting new babies.
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My 4 and 6 year old daughters love this witty book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Emily K. Paster on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My mom bought this for my 3.5 year old -- who is the proud older sister of our new baby -- and it was an unqualified hit! This is our new favorite book to read and it never fails to inspire fits of giggles. The author has done a marvelous job of capturing the combination of love, bemusement and pity the older sister feels for her baby sibling. (And it has just the right amount of poop and pee references for four years olds who can't get enough of that sort of thing.) For any older sisters who are in danger of regressing, this book reminds them that it is far better to be the big sister than the baby. I plan to give this book as a gift many times over.
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76 of 92 people found the following review helpful By jlspublic on June 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I appreciate the point that this book is attempting to make. However, I really felt like it went too far. Can't we focus on how each member of the family makes a unique (and positive) contribution? Not in this book. In this book it is all about how the older sibling is superior to the younger one.

A few quotes to illustrate my point:

"When you're a baby, it's not good because you don't have any hair. (I have long hair like a princess.)"

"When you're a baby you don't have any real friends. (I have lots.)"

And, my personal favorite, a quote about riding in a car seat...

"You don't even face the right way. (I prefer to sit in a seat like a normal person.)"

This is NOT the kind of relationship I want to encourage my children to have with their younger siblings!

I think the author could have found a better way to acknowledge the fears that an older sibling has about the "baby invasion". Yes, babies are "strange" and different and a little funny (or scary) but the things they do are normal for babies. Why do we have to apply negative value judgments to them in order to feel good about ourselves?

I skipped over large sections of this book while reading it to my daughter and I'm glad I got it from the library because it will be going back immediately!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Holly Case on June 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful for children who are expecting a little brother or sister. My grandaughter wanted to read it over and over again and it displaced some of her fears. The book was Right On.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten A. Reader on March 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am 8 months pregnant and the mother of a five year old who isn't quite sure she wants to share the spotlight. This book is perfect. I bought it a week ago, and already it has been read about six times. It is written for girls her age, which surprised me as the children will almost be six years apart and many people have their kids closer together. It allows her to see the positive parts of being older, the funny parts about being a baby, and at the end, the loving parts of being a big sister. We love it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Morlok on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My new favorite children's book! Such a fun, light-hearted look at being a big sister. My five year old daughter and I giggled out loud when we read this the first time from the library. The writing is right on level with a child's sense of humor, but fun for adults to read as well. This one I have to have for our permanent collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reader on October 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book definitely made my 3 year old feel better about being a big sister soon, but the book did get a bit negative about all the minuses of being a baby. That did prompt my daughter to say she will help the baby with all of those minuses, like helping eat the mushy baby food, and sit on her bike when he's big enough. Overall a good book to boost the soon-to-be older sibling's confidence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on July 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is delightful! There is much to laugh at, much to love. I've shared it with my 3-year-old granddaughter, who will be a big sister come September. She was much intrigued by the great art work, and I could tell it helped enhance her self esteem, as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on August 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have a 5 year old daughter and a 15 month old boy. He, of course, gets all of the attention.

We checked this book out from the library and after reading it I had to buy it! It is a MUST have for any older sister who has a baby in the house. It is a light-hearted look at what babies can and can't do compared to the much more mature older sister. Not only is it cute, its truth is downright funny and had us all laughing out loud!
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