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What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best Hardcover – September 16, 2009
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"...makes for interesting discussions comparing [brothers and sisters]."
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"The creative team behind What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best (S & S, 1998) scores again. This would be a great book to share with a child who is anticipating a new sibling or who needs to be reminded of the perks of being the older one."
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Author Laura Numeroff, know far and wide for her IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE series, and artist Lynn Munsigner have combined to create WHAT SISTERS/BROTHERS DO BEST. This book is delightful, charming, and has a simple warmth. The illustrations are engaging, colorful, and detailed, and the large, clear print makes WHAT SISTERS/BROTHERS DO BEST a great early reader.
WHAT SISTERS/BROTHERS DO BEST is clearly aimed at sister-sister pairs and brother-brother pairs of siblings. While perfect for my children, I can't help but wonder if the audience would be wider if there were also a sister-brother pairing. Additionally, the activities are identical for both halves of the book, whether the girls or the boys, although the artwork is quite different. I, personally, would have liked to have seen a wider variety of activities, so that the two halves of the book were not exactly the same.
Overall, WHAT SISTERS/BROTHERS DO BEST is a fun, entertaining picture book for the targeted audience. WHAT SISTERS/BROTHERS DO BEST would also make a wonderful gift for a child expecting a new sibling. My two daughters have had many readings of this book, and I have noticed that it is the one my wee one asks her big sister to read to her the most.
If you are wondering about the title, I should say that this book is two-books-in-one. By which I mean that the way that the book is structured, you read it one way to the half-way point, then flip it over so that you can then read about the opposite sibling arrangement from the other side.
The text is identical in both versions, but the artwork is different. For example in one version of 'share a delicious snack' the children are sharing popcorn, while in the alternative they are eating from both ends of a huge sandwich at a picnic.
Overall, it's the sort of book that I think would be ideal for reading to a toddler, preschooler, or even a first grader, before a new baby appears in the house to set up a positive scenario. I also think it would be a great sit-down and read it together book for siblings who are going through one of those 'fussy' moments. (Moooommm, she's touching me! Mom, he's sticking his tongue out!)
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews
Not the worse thing to happen to anyone, but I surprised that I am inclinded to write a very favorable review of this book. Unlike some reviewers, who found it unfair that this two-books-in-one has the same words for each of "two books," I find it creative and refreshing. First, let me explain the multi-book concept. OPen one side of the book (say, "What Sisters Do Best"), and you'll read softly illustrated vignettes of a sister helping her brother. For example, over the words "and show you how to make a plane," there's golden-hued picture of older hedgehog helping her hedgling build a model airplane . the other 16 pages show various other "helping" scenarios: SHaring a delicious snack, letting you win at tic-tac-toe, making music, playing pretend (riding horses!), etc. You'll know you've reach the end when you read the line, "But best of all, brothers can give you lots and lots of love!" and the next page is upside-down!
The upside-down page is your signal to flip the book over vertically (i.e., make the bottom the top), and find a new title, "What Brothers Do Best." Now, it's the brothers helping the sisters. Yes, the words are the same, but the situations are different: The line "and show you how to make a plane," shows the older sibling throwing paper airplanes to the delight of his sister.
I've just given away one of the best things about the book. The younger sibling is always the opposite gender of the older sibling!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These books are delightful in their content but if you buy several in the series they become a bit repetitious.Published 6 months ago by vlaindy
I have 5 year old twins (a girl and a boy) this book is perfect for them. make sure you get the one that has both books in one if you have girls and boys.Published on January 12, 2014 by Wendy Lucas
This is a really cute book for a new big brother or sister. The illustrations are cute, the writing nice, and the message sweet.Published on May 27, 2013 by HRWR
This Amazon offering costs more than what is stated on the back of the book in regular stores. When I contacted Amazon they said "In any case, Amazon does not offer a price match... Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by simplertimes
Having 2 boys and a girl, this book has been a fun way to point out wonderful traits about all 3 of the siblings. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Peter Dykhuis
This book falls into the "politically correct" category. It's basically a gimmick: read the first several pages to find out what boys are good at, then turn it upside down and... Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by Peter B. Nelson
The idea is very good, but there is nothing in this story that makes it cute, clever, or catchy in any way. The illustrations are fine, the text is very dull. Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This book definitely offers something unique: two books in one. AND each book is specified for either the brother or sister. Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by Kim Bryan