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Big Sister, Little Sister Hardcover – July 18, 2005

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PreSchool-Grade 2–An impish child laments: I'm the Little Sister. I'm always catching up. She relates such indignities as wearing hand-me-downs and having to go to bed at 7:30. Her poised, freckle-faced sibling plays the piano, balances a book on her head, and thinks she's always right. The relationship does have its perks: The Big Sister tells all the good stories! and she watches out for me. Japanese brush pen-and-ink illustrations with splashes of digitally produced red, pink, and brown show big sis leading the way on a nighttime trip to the bathroom, covering her young charge's eyes from smooching scenes on TV, and performing an impromptu sock-puppet show. Readers will be charmed by the little girl's simply stated truths, and the expressive drawings capture petulant frowns, looks of concentration (with tongue sticking out), and satisfied grins. With warmth and good humor, the ups and downs of sisterly love are perfectly conveyed.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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PreS-Gr. 2. The illustrator of Eve Bunting's Little Badger books (and others) debuts as author in a charming appreciation of the special bond between sisters. Pham writes from the younger child's perspective about hand-me-downs, activities in which big sis invariably calls the shots, and other sibling bugaboos ("I'm the Little Sister. I'm always catching up"). But at times, of course, Big Sister is a big help, as when the nighttime route to the bathroom proves too terrifying to brave alone. Pham's medium is ink applied with a Japanese brush pen, conferring a sprightly, spontaneous look to her figures, which are reminiscent of David Small's work; digitally added color in yummy hues of strawberry, caramel, and chocolate belies the sweetness underlying even moments of tension. The text never rises much above greeting card sentiment, but one can easily imagine big and little sisters--grown-ups and children--giggling together over its many tender truths. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (July 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786851821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786851829
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We ended up owning this book after we were forced to buy it from the library when my second daughter destroyed some of the pages. Initially I was annoyed, but it quickly became everyone's favorite book (despite the ripped pages).

The book really captures the essence of the little/big sister relationship. Now that my second daughter is the BIG sister she likes it even more. She can relate to both the big and little sister aspects of it, while my eldest and youngest daughters also enjoy seeing themselves through Pham's characters.

Pham's illustrations really capture the personalities of the sisters in the book and the nuances in their relationship. The text is short enough for younger children and engaging enough for older ones. My oldest enjoyed this book when she became a big sister at age 2. I would say this is engaging and entertaining for children ages 18 months to around 5 or 6 (when read with a little sister). Highly recommended.
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I have been searching for books for sisters for my two young daughters (aged 1.5 & 4.5). This book is told from the little sister's perspective which is original and I liked. There are some parts where I didn't like the messaging "The big sister gets all the new clothes, I'm the little sister. I get all her old clothes." It also talks about the big sister wearing lipstick which I wasn't thrilled about. However, there are good things like when the book says that the big sister is good at a lot of things and so is the little sister. The book also has the big sister looking out for the little sister (wiping her nose, holding her hand at the road, covering her eyes when two people are kissing on TV and scolding her for climbing a fence). In the end, it was the last page that killed it for me because I'm trying to help my girls be less competitive, not more - "My sister is very good at being a big sister, but I'll always be better than her at being a little sister." This is a cute book but just not the right fit for us.
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The illustrations are great. The girls are so expressive. Maybe I like it also because they remind me of my 2 daughters who aren't always the best of friends but the respect is there and that shows in this book too.
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A friend of ours gave us this after we had our second daughter. Not only is it beautifully illustrated but it captures the dynamics of little and big sister relationships perfectly. I still enjoy reading this and buy it for tiny sisters whenever the chance arises. A special book to be kept through adulthood!
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Book is great but I do change a lot of the words, it is their favorite book right now they want it every night because of course one of my children is the big sister and the other is the little sister, but it is VERY stereo typical. For instance on one of the pages it says, "big sister gets new clothes, little sister gets her old clothes". Most of the book is like this, I just change the words to "the little sister gets new clothes and her big sisters old clothes! Another line states that Big sister is neat, and little sister is not neat, again I do not want to speak those kind of words over my kids defining that one is neat and the other not, in truth the are both not very neat but getting better as they get older. i would recommend buying but feel free to change up the words when you need to like I do!
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My girls love to argue at times. Maybe it's the age gap - maybe its just what girls do. So I bought this book to read to them at bedtime. The illustrations were amazing and the story line was precious! We read it and pointed out the differences in what the big and little sister did - and the similarities of how my girls could relate. It was hilarious. We laughed and laughed and ofcourse read it again!

The story on the back cover about the author was so neat! We plan to visit her website soon!

You can't go wrong with this book.
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I have several of LeUyen's books and they are ALL so well - done and heartfelt. She really tugs at your heart strings with her illustrations and well-expressed sentiments. Really emphasizes how important it is to SAY those things that your heart is feeling toward your friends and family members. Thanks for a precious book.
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I am 24 years old and have a sister who is 10 years old. I bought this book for her on her 10th birthday and we loved reading it together. From beginning to end this book expresses the love between sisters and sibling rivalry! Even with such a large age gap my little sister refuses to surrender to the idea that she just isn't allowed to do the same things as me. This is a book for all ages and is a wonderful keepsake for any sister out there. The illustrations display the unique personalities of each character and make the book even more enjoyable.

I am a teacher and I use this book in my classroom. This is only one of the many books I read to my students about family. The kids absolutely love it because it relates to their own lives. When we are done reading and discussing the book the class creates a survival guide for having a sibling. The kids find it fun and useful for getting out of any sticky situation they may get into with their own brother or sister.
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