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Annie Rose Is My Little Sister

by Shirley Hughes

Published by Candlewick Press, 2003
32 pages
ISBN: 0-7636-1959-0

Ages 3 - 6

Youngsters on both ends of the sibling ladder will relate to this child-friendly volume, which explores the relationship between preschool-age Alfie, and his toddler sister, Annie Rose. They are daily companions - looking at books, playing store, and enjoying a family outing to the seaside. Alfie recognizes the ways in which he and his sister approach these shared activities differently, according to their abilities and skills. In a game of hide-and-seek, Annie Rose is delighted when Alfie pops up from under a sheet and shouts "Boo!" but when he's "really hiding" (behind a coat hanging from a wall hook) she can "hardly ever" find him. At the beach, while Alfie makes an intricate sandcastle complete with turrets and moat, Annie Rose devotes herself to sand pies. Alfie, like many older siblings, finds Annie Rose's immaturity a nuisance sometimes, as when she prefers his toys to her own, but generally he is a nurturing brother, recognizing his important and enduring role in Annie Rose's life. After all, as he observes wisely, "she's my little sister, and I'm her big brother, and we'll go on being that forever even until we're grown up." As in earlier books starring Alfie and Annie Rose (Alfie and the Birthday Surprise, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1997; Rhymes for Annie Rose, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1995; All About Alfie, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1997), author-illustrator Shirley Hughes masterfully captures the essence of an ordinary family with young children, by focusing on the realistic details of everyday life. Vivid watercolor illustrations show toys scattering the floor, sleepy children crying, and the rumpled hair of young and old alike. CCBC Categories: Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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