With minimal text, a “little miss” navigates the tricky waters that will make her a “big sis.”
A new-baby title in which the older sibling is actually enthusiastic about the prospect of big sisterhood? What a concept! From the moment she is told that there will soon be a baby, this little girl is thrilled and impatient. Short words and phrases deftly summarize the days that follow the baby’s birth. “Sleep. Fuss. Eat. / Repeat.” Fortunately, the big sis takes it upon herself to keep the baby happy with songs, puppets, lap games, you name it. Rosenthal dances along the tricky line separating sincerity from pablum, ultimately producing a story that is as heartwarming as it is child-friendly. After all, it’s not all sunshine and roses, and the book acknowledges the inevitable downsides of new babies: hair pulling, drooling, toy stealing, and more. In the end, it is clear that the pluses far outweigh the minuses. Reynolds keeps his images sparse and spare, placing his cheery, bigheaded cartoon Caucasian family members against generous expanses of white space. His baby grows to be an androgynous little tyke, cleverly turning this book into a big-sister title with a broad scope.
Jealousy is nothing short of a foreign concept in this charmer of a tale, and siblings-to-be everywhere will take note. (Picture book. 4-8)