Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Guide to Sisters by Paula Metcalf, illustrated by Suzanne Barton - ADVISABLE

Metcalf, Paula.  A Guide to Sisters, illustrated by Suzanne Barton.  Random House, 2014.  $17.99.  PICTURE BOOK.

An utterly charming and surprisingly comprehensive, yet succinct, guidebook to getting a new sister for little girls.  The introduction states, “If you’re thinking about getting a sister or you want to understand the one you already have, this is a guide for you.”  The author gives 13 suggestions and/or explanations about sisters and fills them with humor.  In section, 1. Getting Started, the author explains that the baby is warm and soft like a loaf of bread, but that doesn’t mean you should put butter on them.  Little sisters cry, create stinky diapers, and eventually cute little sharp teeth.  From where to tickle, how to share, to teaching your little sister some style, a big sister’s job isn’t done until bedtime—and both big and little sisters can get scared in the middle of the night.  It’s a good thing they have each other.  The illustrator, Suzanne Barton cleverly uses color backgrounds and clothes that brighten the black and white illustrations of the characters.  Their facial expressions are adorably accurate.  This book is a great gift for any girl who is expecting or has a new sister.

Pre-K, EL-ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.   

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