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BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER by LeUyen  Pham

BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER

By LeUyen Pham (Author) , LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: July 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7868-5182-1
Publisher: Hyperion

Illustrator Pham’s first foray into writing illuminates the complex and compelling world of sisterhood. With an air of nonchalance, a younger sibling narrates, discussing conspiratorially with readers the disparity between herself and her older sister. Through the youngster’s saucy little speeches, Pham adeptly conveys the feelings that close connection to another individual evoke. At the tale’s outset, the younger girl clearly delineates the many differences that set the two apart. However, as it progresses, Pham’s expressive brush pen-and-ink illustrations slowly reveal the other side of the story, illustrating the caring that flows between the two. The digitally produced color enlivens the pages with splashes of pure hues, and its not-quite-perfect placements actually fit in with the energy of the illustrations. Pham’s depictions of the sisters are full of character and vibrancy; the spunky little sister with her outrageously red cowboy hat and the more refined older sister will resonate with many sibling pairs, young or old. Pham offers a frothy fun tale that at its heart shows the depth and breadth of these relationships as something to be cherished. (Picture book. 4-8)