THE JOYS OF READING A GOOD BOOK TO A GRANDCHILD

Little Miss, Big Sis
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
Children’s Literature
2015
44 pages


This big sister and little brother march through the delightful pages of a book that addresses the downsides of babyhood and the joys of being a big sister saving the day. “Hugging, holding, Love unfolding.” It is an active story of family love.

Reading this book is a joy: the message, the language, the real story of being a big sister to a new baby. It is charming. Text is minimal but valuable, and the illustrations walk the careful line between reality and family caring.

My granddaughter loves the book. She is a three-year-old with a newborn baby brother. She has been preparing for him, and as she listens to this book and participates, she so clearly identifies as a big sister. She is loving and kind. As I visit in her home I observe how she is realistic and participatory in his care. I was once a big sister and I clearly remember some of the bittersweet feelings from that time.

My heart swells with memories and with present day love for my grandchildren and somehow the book eases the strong emotions. The two of us have great fun with this story. Thanks to these authors. They capture the universal in the particular. All writers hope their words and pictures do that job.

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