My friend K is pregnant and her daughter A will soon be a big sister. And K recently confessed to me that she's yet to get any "big sister" books for A yet. Luckily for her, I am a book addict extraordinaire, and at last week's Friends of the Library Book Sale, I picked up a couple for her, starting with this pretty basic one: I'm a Big Sister by Joanna Cole. It's a hardcover but a small one - about 5" x 7" so perfect for a 2-year-old to hold by herself.
The storyline is simple. We have a new baby! I am a big sister! The new baby is too small to do anything. Babies are cute. Sometimes they scream. Big sisters can help. I was a baby once, but now I'm big and can do a lot of things. I'm special, and one special thing is that I'm a big sister.
The illustrations are sweet and fairly realistic - no talking dogs or anything. (I like the baby's fish mobile.) The family is loving. They take time to spend with the big sister, showing her that she's special and still loved. In fact at the end there's a page for parents (different font, lots of words) explaining how they can make the transition better for big sisters, what behavior to encourage or discourage, and so on. As older siblings can sometimes act out when they feel ignored or supplanted, this is excellent advice.
Hopefully A will enjoy this book, because she's getting it for Christmas!
This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.