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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Oh, Brother!

Oh, Brother! by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Mike Benny

Twenty poems describe Xavier's displeasure about having a new little brother when his mother remarries. This wonderful book takes the reader from the wedding day through everyday life as a new family. Eventually Xavier learns to like and even love his new little brother, Chris, and they are both thrilled when a year or so later they have a little sister.

Very honest and well written this book takes the reader through a lot of the emotions children go through when having new siblings introduced into their lives. The illustrations are wonderful and add a great warm feeling to the book. Some of the poems rhyme and others do not but they all have a very fun meter that will make reading aloud great fun and a wonderful introduction to poetry. It will also be a good place to start talking about feelings if you are in a family with step brothers and sisters. Recommended for boys or girls ages 3-6.

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