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Miles Is a Mighty Brothersaurus

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sensitive sibling tale underscores "be yourself" theme.

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This book handles the theme "be yourself," a frequent one in kids' books, directly and somewhat obviously. Miles, the middle brother of three, compares himself with his brothers and despairs when his accomplishments fall short. On the plus side, Miles' feelings are recognizable ones often felt by kids, and the adults are depicted as loving and helpful, modeling ways to talk about feelings and offer support. But it reads a bit too much like a story drafted to address an issue.

Some story turns might inadvertently send a discouraging message. Seeking to outdo his brothers, Miles tries painting, playing the trombone, and building a doghouse, and when he immediately fails, he gives up. But for kids, visual art is about process, not product; musical instruments require instruction and practice to master; and few 6-year-olds could build a viable doghouse without a strong guiding hand from an adult. Still, it could help start conversations about siblings and feeling overlooked.

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