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Best-Ever Big Sister e-book


Karen Katz






Growing Up & Facts of Life

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Grosset & Dunlap; Ltf Brdbk edition (June 1, 2006)





Best-Ever Big Sister e-book

by Karen Katz

Babies sure have a lot of growing up to do! They can’t eat with a fork, sleep in a real bed, poop on a potty, ride a trike, or read a book. On every sweet lift-the-flap spread, Karen Katz’s illustrations celebrate the varied accomplishments of older siblings who may be in need of a little ego-stroking after a new baby’s arrival! Each book ends on a warm, loving note with the older child reassuring the baby that "one day you’ll be big like me."
The only thing I like about this book is that it Features families of varying ethnicities. This book simply compares all the things babies can’t do that big sisters can do, and at the end days that baby will someday be big too. It doesn’t encourage bonding with the baby or address any of the duties or responsibilities, or any parts of the role of a big sister, so the title “best ever big sister” seems arbitrary. We found that for our 22 month old daughter, some of the things featured in the book did not pertain to her and we had to change the words when reading to her; for example along the lines of “baby sister needs someone to help her get dressed, but big sister can dress herself”.. well our daughter can’t dress herself so that may make her feel like she is a baby and is not an adequate big sister. If your child can not go in the potty, dress herself, ride a tricycle, or sleep in a big girl bed, I do not recommend this book because it may make them feel bad about themselves. Depicts big sister making a “yuck” face at the baby with a diaper on. Did not like that the book specifies little sister and little brother, just saying “baby” in general would be better for being relatable to families expecting either gender baby. The flaps are large and are not too fragile, the book is pretty sturdy.
We have several books from this author and enjoy her illustrations and writing style. However, this book has a somewhat negative tone in how it portrays the big sister relative to the baby. Several of the big sister illustrations show the older girl with a "yuck" style face as she looks at the baby not being able to do something she can do (like eating with a spoon or using the potty). However, I don't think my 2 year old notices this potentially negative tone, and I improvise the wording as needed to fit her abilities and what I want to teach her about being a big sister and having a baby around. For example, I say she is "learning how to use the potty" since she isn't toilet trained yet, and for the illustration of the baby that "has to ride in a stroller" versus the big sister doesn't, I say that the baby can't walk so he rides in the stroller, whereas the big sister can walk and run and ride a trike as well (I certainly don't want to discourage her interest in riding in a stroller!).

On the positive side, this book represents both boy and girl babies and also has many multicultural faces so it should appeal to many types of families.

In all, I would recommend "I'm a Big Sister" by Joanna Cole and "I'm a Big Sister!" by Ronnie Randall instead of this book.
This is a fun fun book. My 2yo requests this title be read over and over and over again. I don't mind reading it 5x in a row, unlike some other titles.

It juxtaposes how a baby does things - eating with hands for example, versus how the big sister does the same thing - eating with a fork and spoon. You lift a flap to see how the big sister performs the activity. My daughter enjoys lifting the flap on every page and anticipating the answer. Simple book with lovely illustrations demonstrates the differences, to a small child, between what they can do and what baby can do. In my opinion, it helps the big sister develop a sense of pride in what she can do all by herself and in how she is the big kid. I also think that she enjoys reading a book where she is the subject.

The book refers to "my little brother" and "my little sister" so it is appropriate for both sexes of little siblings.

The only drawbacks that you might find -
The book shows the Big Sister pooping in the potty and sleeping in a big girl bed. While my daughter is not exactly doing these things yet - we are working on them. At first, I thought she might find this confusing, but instead I find her modeling the behavior, she says, "I poop in the potty!"even if she is not 100% there with the potty.
Billy Granson
This book is great because it alternates between saying "baby brother" and "baby sister" if you don't yet know the gender of your baby or don't want to know. Plus, even if you do find out later in the pregnancy, the adult reading the book could always just switch to saying all of one or the other and the kid is none the wiser. The lift-the-flap interaction is great for young children, and I like how the book walks through all the essential areas that a toddler is learning/has learned independence at the point when baby will be born. I think these kinds of books are very helpful in teaching the concept of being an older sibling to a child. Before we purchased these books, my kid could not grasp it, but after reading these repeatedly at night time, my kid really got it and was excited about baby.
My daughter was having a tough time adjusting to our new little one. This became her favorite book for two weeks, nap time and bedtime book. After that she moved on to her other go twos but left much of her attitude behind with it. I would not have thought that a book waould be so helpful. I’m thrilled I came across this one. Thank you Karen Katz
My two year old and I just love these books! She recently became a big sister and loves reading about the ways in which her and her little brother are different. We didn’t find out the gender of our second baby until he was born so this book was perfect because it includes baby brothers and baby sisters.
I wish I had realized the book was for more like preschool age kids. And it also is a little shaming of some of the things babies “can’t do” - don’t love it at all. I wish I could have read it before I bought it.
This is a very sweet book for preparing a child for a new little brother or sister. It gives all kinds of comparisons showing your little one what he can do that his new sibling won't be able to. *However*, it's only really appropriate for children of a specific age range. It expects that the "big brother" will be potty trained, be able to read, be able to drink from a cup, talk, run, etc. For my 2 year old (not yet potty trained or reading) I worry it may actually confuse him (because he can't do the things the "big brother" is supposed to).

For the right age, this would be a great book, but not for many ages.

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