Big Sister, Long Coat

NorthSouth. Mar. 2024. 40p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780735845510.
K-Gr 3–The narrator of the story tells readers how excited she is to be spending time with her big sister. They have plans derailed due to excessive heat in the city, so her sister gets her ice cream while they are in the park. As they plan another adventure, it begins to rain profusely and, again, changes must be made. Colorful illustrations show their attempts to go to the zoo, but—long lines. Library? Closed. On the way home, they jump in the rain puddle, shout at the sky, and play cards while waiting for the train. The young girl decides that it is the best day she has ever had. This exhilarating tale of camaraderie shows the older sister giving a piggyback ride, checking to hold hands, and carefully crossing streets. Love and tenderness are expressed in every scene. Even young children will come away with the sense that there is something very important and understated going on beneath the foiled adventures; restraint in text and art give the message its power.
VERDICT Even the best laid plans can change and be a bit unsettling, but when with loved ones, it’s never a bad day. Wonderful for all collections.

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