Little Miss, Big Sis

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Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Big sis loves little sis in sweet new-sibling tale.

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Educational Value

Details of baby behavior. Information about how to care for babies and toddlers.

Positive Messages

Being a big sister is fun and rewarding. Older siblings can help younger. Siblings can play together, and as babies grow they can become good friends. It's gratifying when a younger sibling looks up to you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The older sister is happy to have a new sibling. She helps out cheerfully and accepts the small annoyances with grace and humor.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Miss, Big Sis by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (the team who created Plant a Kiss), emphasizes the joys and rewards of being an older sibling. Jealousy doesn't rear its head in this story. The rewards and closeness grow as the sisters do.

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What's the story?

Little Miss finds out she's going to get a sibling. She ticks off the days on a calendar as she waits for the baby to arrive, rushes with her parents to the hospital, and then helps soothe and amuse the new baby at home. The baby grows, learning to walk, talk, take toys, and pull hair. But the love between the two is always evident, and by the time they're old enough to share bunk beds, these two sweet sisters are bonded for life. From the start, Little Miss is happy with her new role and helps soothe the baby's tears, cheerfully toting teddy bears and diapers. When the baby grows into a toddler who sometimes pulls her hair, Little Miss looks for the fun, building blanket forts and giving piggyback rides.

Is it any good?

Sisterhood is powerful -- and fun! -- in this spirited celebration of welcoming a new baby and being a big sister. The downsides of being an older sibling are downplayed. There are no raw feelings of jealousy in LITTLE MISS, BIG SIS, just a little one who "sometimes takes toys. And sometimes annoys." The real fun begins when the baby grows up to walk and talk, and the two sisters, "forever protected, forever connected," are old enough to share bunk beds and pass nighttime notes. Told in rhyme that misses only occasionally, the art is as sweet as the sister love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about babies. How do they grow? What do they know? What can you do that they can't?

  • How can you help and teach a younger sibling? Do they look up to you?

  • If you're an older sibling, what do you like about it? What do you find challenging or annoying?

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