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When My Brother Gets Home

HMH. Mar. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781328498052.
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PreS-Gr 1–A little girl imagines all kinds of fun activities that she and her brother can do when he gets home from school. She pictures them having their own comic book convention, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and practicing Olympic dives. They’ll also build a castle and have an adventure as they explore a rainforest. The scenarios she pictures go on and on. They may have elaborate names, but what she pictures are simple and sweet. The castle they will build is actually made out of cardboard boxes and diving practice is swinging from a rope and jumping into a pond. Some children with older siblings will relate to the relationship she has with her brother. The pictures are simple but charming; the illustrations show a little sister trying hard to wait patiently and on the opposite page we see a child’s drawing of a school bus in its travels, bringing her brother home. Everything seems better when your favorite person gets home.
VERDICT A sweet-natured tale for young children that celebrates the special bond between siblings.

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