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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Big Brother's Don't Take Naps - Louise Borden



Released June 2011

Louise Borden
Emma Dodd
Simon and Schuster

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Nicholas looks up to his big brother, James because he can do all sorts of things a little brother can’t do just yet. James can write his name, read books, cross the street by himself and he even goes to school on the big, yellow bus.

The one thing Nicholas does do that James doesn’t is he takes a nap each afternoon. “James tells me,” says Nick. “Even on Saturdays, big brothers don’t take naps.”

After we see all the things the two brothers do together and the things that only big brothers can do, the story comes to a cute and rather unexpected conclusion.  Suddenly there’s a new member of the family.

“Shh..she’s sleeping…’” Nick tells the family dog.  Then you flip the page and see the little boy holding his new baby sister. “Big brothers don’t take naps,” he whispers!

This is an excellent story, especially for a child who might soon be trading in his “little brother” status for that of a “big brother!"

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