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The Pain and the Great One (A Dell Picture Yearling) Paperback – August 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (August 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440409675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440801221
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Vibrant watercolors add depth and humor to a valuable book on sibling relationships."--School Library Journal.

From the Publisher

An eight-year-old girl, "The Great One," and her six-year-old brother, "The Pain," state their cases about each other and who is best loved by their parents.

"Vibrant watercolors add depth and humor to a valuable book on sibling relationships."--School Library Journal.

An IRA-CBC Children's Choice.


More About the Author

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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This is a school library book and I am ordering it now to keep on our library shelf.
Tara
I think the next time they are having sibling rivalry issues it will help them look at the situation in a better perspective.
B. Lee
The Pain (the younger brother) and the Great One (the older sister)believe that their parents love the other more.
T. M. Hammond

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
There are remarkably few authors that have managed to write for almost every single age group. Judy Blume is one of the few. Though admittedly she has yet to write a baby book or large print text for the elderly, Ms. Blume has somehow managed to write picture books, young readers, full chapter books, teen novels, and even an adult title in her day. We all know who Judy Blume is, but we probably know her for very different reasons. As a kid, I knew her primarily as the author of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". My husband, on the other hand, associates her with that deliciously forbidden text, "Forever". For some kids out there, though, "The Pain and the Great One" is going to be their first impression of this undeniably great author. As of this review, it is the only picture book ever written by Ms. Blume. Be that as it may, it shares with all her books the frustrations and confusions that all kids can relate to on some level. Ms. Blume, the great empathic, should consider adding a few more picture books to her repertoire. This first book demands it.

A white page with a pink border. In black and white print are two words: The Pain. A sister then begins to relate to us exactly why it is that her little brother is a pain. Right from the start, you see where she's coming from. This is the kind of kid who insists that his mother carry him to the breakfast table every morning. Unlike his big sister, if The Pain doesn't finish his dinner he still gets dessert. A truly shocked and probably envious sister watches, broccoli perched on her fork, as her brother dives into a delicious bowl of what looks to be strawberry shortcake. One night, she gets to stay up later than The Pain, but comes to the almost immediate conclusion that, "without the Pain there's nothing to do!".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tara on November 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
My son (8 yrs old) read this to his sister (6 yrs old) while I was combing her hair. We all laughed so much, he had to read parts over. This is a school library book and I am ordering it now to keep on our library shelf. It will be the book I give to ever child I know.
My children are exactly at the age of the characters with reverse gender. They could readily identify with the situations and could laugh at very 'real' conversations. I am sure they recalled how many times they have each said, "You love him/her better than me." I know I could. I want them to read this book once a month so they can remember the joy in having each other.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia J Luciene on October 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My 8 year old daughter and I loved reading this book together and then with her grandmother who found it as enjoyable as we did. Judy Blume's story telling through the mind of children is astoundingly precise! The illustrations add to the story so well I felt as though I were in the head of the children -- siblings -- who tell their perspective of why they think their parents love the other better. A must have for siblings... Well, actually ALL kids should read this one, just in case a sibling comes along someday!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ck on January 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Wordsmith Judy Blume uses more verbal magic in this illustrated children's book about a little brother and a big sister. Another book that, at age 12, seemed "too kiddie" and beneath me.
I don't care if you're 60, 16, or 6 years-old! Even if you did not have the experience of growing up with siblings, or, in my case, I was the youngest, but had a smaller niece that acted as a baby sister.
Read so you know the title. Read so you know better than any Child Psychology book on the structure of Sibling Dynamics!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toriac on April 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We have six children--ALL of them have identified with this book at some time or another. It truly gives both perspectives..."I think Mom and Dad like him/her best." It is cute, but elicits a compassionate understanding from both older and younger children. My nine year old thought it would be a great shower gift for her friend who is expecting a little brother!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I found this book hilarious for entire families. It was a true description of the different mindsets from youngest to oldest. Judy depicted the characters so perfectly and realistically. I'm sure every child, parent, grandparent,etc can identify and ring home good lessons from this lifelike story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Blanton on April 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is one of my all-time favorites from childhood, when you would have bet money that your parents loved your brother (or sister) more than you! Written in cute prose by the wonderful Judy Blume, this book puts sibling rivalry into a funny and sweet manner.

I only wish I could find the one from childhood, when each kid had their own "side" and the book flipped over!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am actually purchasing this book as a gag gift for my baby brother. I believe we were nine and five when we first read this book and now, eons later, it has evolved into a family/cult classic around our homes. The book is fantastic and it most definitely captures some of the siller moments that go along with sibling rivalry.
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