Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it really captures the relationship of siblings.
My Little Sister and Me
By Maple Lam
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by HarperCollins on May 10, 2016
Genre- Realistic Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “For the very first time, Mom asks me to take my little sister home from the bus stop – all by myself!”
Publisher’s Synopsis: “It’s a big job when a big brother gets to take his little sister home from school for the very first time. In debut author-illustrator Maple Lam’s charming story, she celebrates the incredible relationship between a little boy and his younger sister. Similar to books like I’m a Big Brother by Joana Cole and What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff, this book is perfect to read with both older and younger siblings, as well as with youngsters getting ready for back-to-school!”
What I Thought- This is a really sweet book. It shows the care and affection siblings have for one another perfectly. It is also incredibly realistic, because even though they love each other, they may not understand each other – such as when the sister is picking up trash to look at it, and the brother says “Ewwwww.” The book is simple, but funny, as the sister runs off after whatever catches her eye, and her brother tries to keep her on track (wow – that pretty much sounds like my sister and me). The illustrations go perfectly with the book, the watercolors create a feeling of soft love. This is a fabulous debut!
Activities and Resources- Sheknows.com has a good article about things you can do to reduce friction in sibling relationships HERE.
Handsonaswegrow.com has great ideas for strengthening the sibling bond HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!