Sunday, June 5, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book one hundred and fifty-six

Though I have no younger siblings of my own, I can remember experiencing the whole older sibling 'thing' when I went to other people's houses. My friends and I were always older, and the little brothers and sisters would be our shadows, driving us crazy and forcing us to run off to find a place where we could play our own games in peace. Today's picture book explores this scenario from the point of view of the younger sibling, and it makes me regret all those times that we ran away. Or at least most of them.

My Wild Sister and Me
My wild sister and me
Iris Wewer
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
NorthSouth, 2011, 978-0-7358-4003-4
   When you have a wild sister, life can be very interesting. Most days a young boy and his big sister have a splendid time pretending that they are animals. They “stomp and romp” through the house pretending that they are big bears. They “soar high above the clouds,” being birds with “big strong wings.” They dress up as rabbits and hop around outside, playing Catch-the-bunny.
   Everything is going wonderfully until Penny from next door invites the big sister to go swimming. The young brother is left behind, right in the middle of a “bunny adventure,” and he is very upset. In fact, he is so upset that he hatches a plan. He is going to make his big sister pay for abandoning him in such a thoughtless way.
   Young children who have older siblings will have no problem identifying with the main character in this story. They will love to see the way the two children overcome their differences, and will appreciate the wonderful games the two children play together.

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