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Monday, 27 May 2019

Review: Me and My Sister

Me and My Sister is an important picture book about family, siblings and differences.

At the beginning of the story, a young boy introduces his sister and explains they are both very different. They like different food and they like to do different things. Don’t we all!

But these siblings have other differences too. They go to different schools, they learn different things and sometimes the young boy gets in trouble for things when his sister does not. Sometimes other people stare at his sister because of things she says, and sometimes his sister is rude without meaning to be. 

But throughout the story, the boy always finds ways for connection with his sister. When she is sad, he comforts her. When she doesn’t want to hug, they high-five instead. Because even though they are different, they still love each other the same. 

Me and My Sister is a peek into a young boy’s view of life with an autistic sibling. It shines a light on difference, but explores how we can all reconnect even when we might not be the same as each other. 

Tender and heartfelt, this is an important book for all young children, showing them that not everything is the same and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It shows them that kindness and love is what is most important, even when things might seem a little bit unfair.

With simple and very ‘kid’ text and funky and engaging illustrations, Me and My Sister is an easy read that leads into questions and conversation very easily, helping the reader to discuss the content with their audience. 

We need more picture books like this one — stories about family and connection and the power of love.

Title: Me and My Sister
Author/Illustrator: Rose Robbins
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $24.99
Publication Date: April 2019
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781760524456
For ages: 3 - 6 
Type: Picture Book

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