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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688145094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688145095
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2. The texts in these two books are identical, with the exception of the gender terms. Cole has successfully captured the youngsters' voices, making it easy for readers to identify with them, whether the books are being read aloud or alone. Familiar situations, as well as positive reinforcement of individuality and importance as part of the family, are good reasons to put this book into the hands of children who will soon be older siblings. A concluding "Note to Parents" in each book offers suggestions on how to communicate with older children about the changes that are coming. Like the texts, the engaging illustrations are the same in both books. Aside from the obvious difference of a boy in one and a girl in the other, the scenes are set up the same?the family at the park, looking at pictures, the father and older sibling giving the baby a bottle, etc. Unfortunately, the artist differentiates between a big brother and a big sister by showing the boy playing with trucks and building blocks, while the girl entertains dolls at a tea party. Sadly, due to these pictures, boys are unlikely to read about the big sister, which makes a case for a library to purchase both titles. Even if only one is feasible, it is certainly a solid addition to any collection.?Dina Sherman, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

First published in 1997, this clearly written, reassuring picture-book text has been newly illustrated with paper-collage artwork that is a bit cluttered but cheerful. A girl with a new baby in the house contrasts what babies do with what she can do, then talks about how special she is to her parents. An appended note advises parents on encouraging good sibling relationships. Libraries with nice copies of the original big-sister/brother books may want to keep them, but others will be glad to find new editions of this simple, positive, and perennially useful picture book and its companion volume, I’m a Big Brother. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Joanna Cole s a former elementary school teacher and librarian and a frequent contributor to Parents magazine. Joanna Cole lives in Connecticut.

Customer Reviews

My 2 year old loves this book!!
OnlyClothMama
The girls can really identify with the big sister in the book, and they love seeing that other babies do just what their little sibling does!
Just Another Opinion
The book is very colorful, with nice illustrations and a cute story.
Michelle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

144 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Rogers on June 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was a gift to my daughter when we announced we were expecting our second child. Prior to his birth, my daughter was only mildly interested, but after he was here, it became a bed time staple. In simple, reassuring language and pictures, a little girl explains that, even though the new baby has brought changes, she is still a special and important part of her family. I especially liked that the book modeled appropriate behavior for older siblings, while acknowleding the realities that accompany the baby (it cries, it needs a lot of attention, and it doesn't play). This book comes in a big brother version, too. A great gift to bring to the older sibling when you give a baby gift to the younger one.
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Just Another Opinion on October 11, 2003
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This is a terrific book. The main (nameless) character is a big sister now, and she explains what it's like to have a new baby in the house. ("The new baby is so little...too little to walk, too little to talk, to little to eat candy or apples or ice cream...") I have given this book to little girls with new siblings, and it has become a daily must-read. The book puts the emphasis on the newness of big-sisterhood rather than on the new baby, and that is a treat when there is a newborn in the house. The girls can really identify with the big sister in the book, and they love seeing that other babies do just what their little sibling does! Of course, the book includes the message that Mom & Dad have enough love for the big sister and the baby, and that a new baby is another part of a loving family.
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Cullinan on October 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I used this book first to introduce the idea of a new baby to my 2 year old daughter. She loves the pictures of the entire family involved in care of the new baby. She consistently requests this book over all others. I like that the author explains why the baby cries (because she might be wet or hungry) and involves the big sister in the daily care of the child. The importance of big sister's role in the family is played up. The story is told by the "big sister" and ends with Mom and Dad hugging the big sister and her confident exclamation that they love her and that she's "the only me."
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I love this book because it's short enough to read to a toddler, yet not "babyish". It doesn't automatically assume that the new big sister will have problems with jealousy; instead it addresses the reason she will celebrate having a new baby in the family.
It shows the new sibling really involved in the care of the baby too. The only quibble I have is that I wish it showed a nursing mother *and* a dad feeding with a bottle, instead of just the bottle.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
My 2 1/2 year old daughter LOVES this book - it is exactly what I was looking for to help explain her new role in our family as a big sister. She is so excited about the birth of our baby and is eager to help. The book makes the big sister feel very special and points out all of the things that the big sister can do that babies can't (eating pizza, apples and ice cream, for instance!). We've had this book 3 weeks and every night my daughter has demanded we read it to her - now she has the whole book memorized and reads it to her dolls! I'm so glad I found this one!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark on February 27, 2003
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The Big Sister in this house can't get enough of this book! We received this book at a baby shower, and our daughter absolutely LOVES it. Every night before bed, we MUST "read the Big Sister," and after I tuck her in and leave, my daughter, at 2 1/2, reads it again to herself (from memory, of course!). Cole does a wonderful job of showing the Big Sister playing with the baby, holding the baby, and helping to care for the baby. I believe the book has several strengths: First, the family togetherness theme is very strong--the family is together at the beginning and end of the book. Second, the big sister knows to Ask to hold the baby (which my daughter emulates quite nicely). Third, the big sister is reminded that she was once little, just like the baby, but she is now big and can do "big girl" things. And, most importantly, Cole STRONGLY affirms the Big Sister as her own special person who is still very much loved, even though this new baby has arrived.
My daughter likes to play, "Where's the ___?" on every page, pointing to each character and object, and we can't turn the page until we've found each and every thing! It takes a while to read the book, but it's a great bonding time with her. On top of the great content, it doesn't get tiresome for me to read every night, because it's not repetitive or obnoxious, as some childrens' books can be.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By a mommy on April 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
We received this sensational book right after our two year old became a big sister. She loves the book and points out the objects that are like the ones she has. She wants her bunny with her when we read the book (most every night) because the big sister has a bunny. Since it is gender specific, she relates to the story and understands herself as a big sister. Very much like the father participating in baby care and the helpful information at the back of the book about introducing a baby into your family. I now give this as a gift everytime I can.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on July 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Yes, yes. This is EXACTLY what we needed when our friend had a new baby and the five-year-old sister was a little concerned about her role in the family. This is all positive reinforcement -- none of the negative stuff I found in other books like how the baby gets all the attention, etc. This makes the girl feel as special as she is (I'm sure the boy book is the same way) and is presented with ideas for things to do and nice illustrations. I highly recommend it!
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