The Big Sibling Getaway

Albert Whitman. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807528310.
PreS-K–Life certainly changes when a new baby sibling enters the picture! Cassie begins to suspect something is different when objects in large boxes arrive on her doorstep. Next, a baby brother shows up, and his nonstop wailing has Cassie at her wit’s end. She takes the last empty box and does the only thing she can do: escape. Her box takes her out of her neighborhood, across the sea, and even into space before the wailing is silenced. After a while, though, Cassie learns that the distance is not what she really wants. Anyone with a new baby sibling will be able to relate to Cassie’s experience; her tranquil, familiar world disappears overnight. Readers first meet the baby in an infant seat held by two adults, one with a pinkish arm, one with a brown one, while the baby and Cassie both have brown skin. Blue, peach, purple, and aqua dominate the color scheme of this book, where striking images simultaneously recognize Cassie’s strength and her independence as the older sibling. Short sentences and engaging illustrations make this book ideally suited to emerging readers who can easily navigate the story through the images alone.
VERDICT With compositions that keep readers involved in the story from beginning to end, this is an excellent book to help preschoolers transition to life with a new baby sibling.

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