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What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best Hardcover – September 16, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 2—The creative team behind What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best (S & S, 1998) scores again. In an understated text that is the same for both siblings, the book shows all the good things about having an older brother or sister, such as teaching you how to swim, helping to clean your room, playing pretend, and being there when you need them. Munsinger's delightful watercolor illustrations are stories in themselves and really deliver the message. The children are represented by various cuddly-looking animals including pigs, bears, lions, tigers, koalas, and pandas. 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. Each situation shown would also be a great jumping-off point for a creative-writing project for primary grades.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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"...makes for interesting discussions comparing [brothers and sisters]."

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"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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811865452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811865456
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen Joan VINE VOICE on October 11, 2009
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WHAT SISTERS/BROTHERS DO BEST is a sweet little picture book with a clever gimmick. Read one way, it contains descriptions and illustrations of what two sisters can do together; flip the book over, and you get the same for two brothers. My four year old, who loves her 12 year old sister very much, had great fun listening to the various activities that sisters can do together, and she especially enjoyed noting the ones that she and her sister already do. My 12 year old thought WHAT SISTERS/BROTHERS DO BEST was cute, and she really enjoyed reading it to her baby sister.

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.
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Granted, my niece is a bit overly analytical for being six but she thought it was "lame" that brothers and sisters do the same things the best. Her question was "Why can't the brothers and sisters do those things together? I think it's stupid that they are separated." I have to agree with her. I think the overall format concept is a good concept but sort of fell flat. This book will not be going into our weekend bedtime reading rotation.
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This was a gift for my granddaughter in honor of her new little brother. I got her the version with sister/brother so both of them can enjoy it. I'd given the mother/father version to her mother, my daughter when my granddaughter was on the way. I've also given aunts/uncles to my other children and my son in laws sisters and grandmother/grandfather to my daughter's inlaws. My grandchildren are well on their way to being lovers of reading! What else would a librarian/grandmother give as a gift :)
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"What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best" is a cute little book with very nice artwork that tries to remind siblings that having a brother or sister has an up sideup. It does this by talking about activities children are likely to do together, like climbing trees, swinging, and playing tag. And because all of the characters are animals, it allows for some latitude, in most cases, for the gender of each character. (In some pictures the bows and skirts identify gender.)

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!)

Pam ~
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews
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If I in the mood to write a cranky review, this would be a pretty good day for it: I have a sore throat, a son with a 102 degree fever, and I backed into a parked car about 90 minutes ago.

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!
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