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Sibling Fun, Games, and Aggravation: A Picture Book
--selected by Debra Mitts-Smith
Sisters and brothers. Brothers and sisters. Some are annoying, others
are bossy, but they're all influential: siblings play, argue, share, argue,
and all in all, care for one another in that offhand sibling way. This
month's Dozens offers picture book glimpses of sibling life, ranging from
helping each other to sharing the backseat on a car trip to learning to
share parental attention.
- Compestine, Ying Chang. The Story of Noodles; illus. by YongSheng
Xuan. Holiday House, 2002. 5-9 yrs
Three brothers' play with dumpling dough leads to the invention of noodles.
- Fisher, Valorie. My Big Brother; written and illus. with photographs
by Valorie Fisher. Schwartz/Atheneum, 2002. 2-4 yrs
Baby's big brother is really big, he does amazing things, he has funny friends,
and he still has time to play with baby. (BCCB 7/02)
- Gammell, Stephen. Ride; written and illus. by Stephen Gammell.
Whistle/Harcourt, 2001. 5-8 yrs
A territorial battle ensues between a brother and sister during a ride in
the family car.
- Gay, Marie-Louise. Good Morning Sam; written and illus. by Marie-Louise
Gay. Groundwood, 2003. 3-6 yrs
Sam relies on big sister Stella to wake him and to help him get ready by adjusting
his sweater and finding his underwear. (BCCB 5/03)
- Gay, Marie-Louise. Good Night Sam; written and illus. by Marie-Louise
Gay. Groundwood/Douglas McIntyre 2003. 3-5 yrs
It's bedtime, and Sam can't sleep because his dog Fred is missing, so big
sister Stella helps him out. (BCCB 9/03)
- Gregory, Valiska. Shirley's Wonderful Baby; illus. by Bruce Degen.
HarperCollins, 2002. 4-7 yrs
In Ms. Mump, the new babysitter, Shirley has finally found someone who doesn't
think that everything Shirley's baby brother does is wonderful. (BCCB 1/03)
- Harris, Peter. Ordinary Audrey; illus. by David Runert. Tiger
Tales, 2001. 5-8 yrs
With Sheriff Deadwood Deb on vacation and outlaws headin' their way, the people
of Deadwood look to Deadwood Deb's twin Ordinary Audrey for help. (BCCB 2/02)
- Hughes, Shirley. Annie Rose Is My Little Sister; written and illus.
by Shirely Hughes. Candlewick, 2003. 4-8 yrs
"Because she is my little sister and I'm her big brother and we'll go
on being like that forever
" (BCCB 4/03)
- Laing, Kate. Best Kind of Baby; illus. by R. W. Alley. Dial, 2003.
When Sophie's announces that she is going to have a baby, Sophie wonders if
it will be a mouse, a dolphin, or a monkey. (BCCB 9/03)
- Lamm, C. Drew. Pirates; illus. by Stacy Schnett. Hyperion, 2001.
Max wants to read a nice book about cats. Ellery insists that they read about
the bloody pirate Jose Gaspar. (BCCB 1/02)
- Lindgren, Barbro. Benny and the Binky; tr. by Elisabeth Kallick
Dyssegaard; illus. by Olaf Landstrom. Farrar, 2002. 4-7 yrs
Longing for a binky of his own, Benny takes the one his mother gave to his
new baby brother. (BCCB 5/02)
- Scrimger, Richard. Bun Bun's Birthday; illus. by Gilian Johnson.
Tundra, 2001. 4-7 yrs
Much to Winifred's distress the streamers, balloons, and cake are not in honor
of her, but of her baby sister. (BCCB 4/01)
- Van Leeuwen, Jean. Sorry; illus. by Brad Sneed. Fogelman, 2001.
Obadiah and his brother Ebenezer got along just fine on their farm with more
"rocks than soil"-- until Obadiah complained that Ebenezer's oatmeal
had lumps (BCCB 9/01)
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