Little Miss, Big Sis
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2015
Big sibling/little sibling stories generally don’t appeal to me, but this one is simple, direct, poetic, and completely drew me in. The words and illustrations support each other so well, I’m still surprised they were not done by the same person.
The story spans from before birth through toddler showing the stages and challenges a Big Sis goes through with a new sibling: from waiting to become a big sis, to going to the hospital, to feeding the new baby. Words and illustrations sweetly and humorously show Big Sis’ experiences, including a drooling, food-throwing, and hair-pulling baby, as well as a clapping, napping, and loose-in-the-house baby. The book has total ‘toddler-appeal’.
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By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Scholastic Press, 2013
Using periods, questions, and exclamation marks, authors Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld speak to the hearts of those who feel left out and alone.
Exclamation Mark tries to conform and fit in with the other sentence endings, like periods. But the only time he feels he fits in is when he’s asleep and his tall mark is resting on its side, pretty much invisible to the others. Confused, he even thinks of running away. But then a question mark shows up and rattles off so many questions that Exclamation Mark’s true nature comes out and he shouts, “Stop!” He likes that feeling. He tries it again with a Hi!, then again with a Howdy!, and then he tries out his newly discovered powers with all kinds of exclamations. He returns to the other sentence endings and shows them what ‘he’ can do. A story so simple, yet so clever. A delight even for parents to read.
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