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Kids Books about Siblings – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. – 09/21/12

Posted on: Friday, September 21st, 2012

Our blog this week talked about siblings and how older ones can read to younger one.  We thought we’d continue with the sibling theme in this week’s book selections.

Siblings: You’re Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together by James J. Crist Ph.D. Raatma is for kids age 8 and up.  “Brothers and sisters: they can make great friends, and it’s nice to have someone who’ll love you no matter what. But kids know siblings can be a real drag, too.  Full-color illustrations and humorous, kid friendly text teach kids how to cope with problems of fairness, jealousy, conflict, tattling, privacy, and other things that can make having siblings so difficult.  Kids learn how to cope with a new baby in the home and how to handle special situations such as siblings with special needs, step-siblings, and adopted siblings.  Unlike most other books on the topic, Siblings doesn’t dwell on sibling rivalry; it focuses on building positive relationships.  After all, siblings can grow up to be the best of friends.”  Review from Amazon.

Babies Don’t Eat Pizza: A Big Kids’ Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters by Dianne Danzig is for kids age 3 and up.  “A straightforward, reassuring book aimed at children awaiting the arrival of a new baby in the family.  Organized into logical sections—from babies’ development in the womb to the hospital to what infants look like—the accessible text offers sound, comforting detail.  A wonderful spread of “Your Basic Baby” points out everything from “wacky hair” to hospital bracelets.  Several pages cover how infants fit into a family’s life, explaining what they eat and do and how older siblings can interact with them. There are many self-affirming phrases like, “…you can be a big sister or big brother.  That’s important.  Stand up, take a bow!  Hooray for you!”  The final page gives expectant parents tips on how to deal with potential sibling rivalry. The charming watercolor illustrations show all kinds of families caring for and getting to know their newcomers.  Though many quality books on this subject are available, Danzig’s offering will bring comfort to expectant parents and siblings alike.—Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.”   Review from Amazon.

The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us by Jeffrey Kluger is for people age 18 and up.  A good adult read.  “A provocative and surprising exploration of the longest sustained relationships we have in life—those we have with our siblings.  Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters.  Our siblings are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales.  They teach us how to resolve conflicts and how not to, how to conduct friendships and when to walk away.  Our siblings are the only people we know who truly qualify as partners for life.
In this perceptive and groundbreaking book, Jeffrey Kluger explores the complex world of siblings in equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir.  Based on cutting-edge research, he examines birth order, twins, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, emotional disorders and their effects on sibling relationships, and much more.  With his signature insight and humor, Kluger takes science’s provocative new ideas about the subject and transforms them into smart, accessible insights that will help everyone understand the importance of siblings in our lives.”  Review from Amazon.

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