A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Describes what's special about being sisters.
It takes patience to wait for your baby sister to grow up enough to play with you. In good times and bad, "we are sisters first." "With you by my side, I'm braver than before. / You love me for me and hold my hand when unsure. / Monsters are still scary, and I still fall down, but your / sweet, loving presence turns my bad days around."
Positive Role Models
The main character/narrator is kind, loving, and respects and takes care of her little sister. The little one is a nice playmate. The other two pairs of sisters add diversity to the story: one pair has brown skin and hair; the other, the older sister is White and the younger one is Black.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sisters First is a picture book by twins Jenna Bush Hager, known as a Today show co-host, and Barbara Pierce Bush, co-founder of Global Heath Corps. They are the daughters of former U.S. president George W. Bush. This charmingly illustrated, rhyming picture book bears the same title as their bestselling 2017 memoir for adults, Sisters First, but that one has a subtitle: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life. The main characters in this book aren't twins but rather an older and younger sister. It shows the older one's patience in watching her sister grow from baby to playmate and friend. Two other sister pairs appear, too. One pair has brown skin and hair, and in the other pair, the older sister is White and the younger one is Black.
Is It Any Good?
With cute art and clever rhymes, this loving look at sisterhood is both spunky and sweet in describing what's meaningful about this special bond. "Sisters are partners (mainly in crime), / We play tricks on our parents / and sneak treats at bedtime." And having two other sister pairs in the mix adds fun and diversity.
Sisters First is lively, imaginative, and full of positive messages, including the final couplet of the main character's prayer: "And through many days, the best and the worst, / help us remember we are sisters first."
Did we miss something on diversity?
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