A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Explores the feelings that can come with the arrival of a new baby in the family.
A new baby in the family can be tough on the older sibling. It takes time for some people to process a new situation. It's important to support and show love and understanding to someone who's having a rough time dealing with mixed emotions.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Oh, Sal, by Kevin Henkes, is a wonderfully kind, thoughtful chapter book that delves deep into the emotions of a kid who feels her whole life changing when her baby sister is born. From Sal's perspective, everything started going wrong when her new, still-unnamed sister is born, and Sal's mixed-up feelings make her miserable and mad at everyone. Her family is great about communicating and helps her be empathetic, giving Sal time to work through her own emotions but making sure she feels supported.
Is It Any Good?
Compassion is woven into every page as Sal's family tries to both help her navigate the new situation and give her time to process it on her own. Oh, Sal is a rare gem that gets into the emotions of a new sibling with both depth and simplicity, helping young readers put themselves in Sal's place and to understand how the rest of the family feels. There are lots of great conversation starters here, especially around finding lost things and how to talk about feelings we don't always understand.
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