LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book, ‘The New Small Person’, by Lauren Child. Min picked it out at the library this morning. It is the FIRST book I’ve come across about adjusting to life with a new sibling with brown-skinned characters! It sheds light on both children’s feelings as they get a little older with amazing accuracy.
The story is superb and the illustrations are terrific. I laughed out loud and wiped away tears as I read this to the boys because of how closely this story mirrors what we are experiencing in our home right now. Min and Gilli adore each other – they love playing together and do so quite well. But it is so true that the older child will still express frustration when a younger, active sibling (especially a toddler) joins in play when they are “not supposed to.”
I am fair so I do my best to oversee (and sometimes referee!) but it can be hard because there is a fine line between teaching: mine and yours and love and share and space and respect and individualism and togetherness and teamwork.
I nearly bawled at the end of this book – building the long line of toys, laughing at the same jokes, offering the jelly beans and the beautiful, touching, profound subtlety of when the author reveals little brother’s name.
I am SO IN IT right now a read like this is EVERYTHING. I cannot wait to add this to the boys’ library.