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Big Sister Now


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Happily retired after 19 years in public libraries as a storyteller and preschool specialist, Annette Sheldon lives and writes on a farm in Austinburg, Ohio, with her husband, Harry. She is the author of Big Sister Now and Big Brother Now.

Karen Maizel has illustrated 21 books for children, Big Sister Now and Big Brother Now, and teaches foundational courses at an art and design college. She lives with her husband near Cleveland, Ohio, and has three grown daughters and a granddaughter.


PreS-This picture book portrays a child's feelings when she is no longer the baby in the family. It's hard when she's told repeatedly to wait, for breakfast or for book time. And even though she tries to be helpful, she doesn't always succeed. Even so, her parents regularly praise her for her behavior, which allows her to say, "I don't like to wait. But I do like to feel big." In the end, she's off with Grandma to bake cookies, a job only she, as big sister, is able to do. The book remains positive even as it shows some of the struggles of this newly expanded family. The text is supported by softly colored, expressive illustrations that capture this challenging time of life; objects scattered about create a realistically messy setting. Back matter has useful advice for parents about the possible emotional responses exhibited by an older child toward a new sibling. The story is simple and relaxed, and the insight of the final pages will be welcomed.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

iParenting Media Award Winner

"The story is simple and relaxed, and the insight of the final pages will be welcomed."--School Library Journal

"Among the flood of titles about older siblings and new babies, this book, published under the auspices of the American Psychological Association, stands out for its appealing illustrations and direct story, which wraps a clear, comforting message."--Booklist

"I like these two books written by preschool specialist and librarian Sheldon. They are particularly good for older siblings who may have some jealousy issues with their younger brother or sister."--The Reading Bug

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