Soy una hermana mayor Soy un hermano mayor

PreS-K—These books created specifically for older siblings may aid in their adjustment to no longer being an only child or the baby in the household. Cole uses language that any young child can understand, emphasizing the importance and difference a big sister or brother can make. All the while, she lets readers know what babies can and cannot do: "Too small to walk, too small to speak, too small to play with toys, and definitely too small to eat pizza, apples, or ice cream." The illustrations are done in soothing playful colors and show snapshots of a happy family adjusting to their new addition. Children can gaze at the various details of each picture and connect with their own real-life experience. On the other hand, parents can glean some ideas to ease youngsters into the idea. Tips include looking through pictures, helping to feed the baby, and having family picnics. Useful titles to help young children connect with being a big brother or big sister.—Verónica Corral, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
In these Spanish-language versions of Cole's companion volumes, a young boy and girl respectively describe the wonder of becoming an older sibling. The books strike just the right tone, acknowledging the difficulty of not being the only one to vie for parents' attention but also the pleasures of having a baby brother or sister. The cheery illustrations focus on a preschooler's world. Review covers these titles: Soy un hermano mayor and Soy una hermana mayor.

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