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Little sister, big sister
Brisson, Pat.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Holt, [1999]

Physical Description:
56 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Hester and her younger sister Edna play Queen and her maid, pretend to be mermaids, eat chocolate, and experience a thunderstorm.
Reading Level:
310 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 31286 Guided reading level: J.
Format :


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Material Type
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Lake Shore Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library X Juvenile Fiction Easy Fiction
City of Tonawanda Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Williamsville Library X Juvenile Fiction Easy Fiction
Audubon Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Edna is the little sister. Hester is the big sister. Put the two together and you have one sister act that can't be beat. In four humorous, easy-to-read stories, Edna and Hester capture the essence of sisterhood as they boss each other around, stick up for each other at the swimming pool, share candy, and make Thunder Cookies. Full of ingenuity and pluck, Hester and Edna are two winning characters young readers are sure to find endearing. At once charming and quirky, this chapter book is ideal for beginning readers, especially those who know just what it means to be a sister - big or little.

Author Notes

Pat Brisson is the author of Hot Fudge Hero , illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal, which was named a Parents' Choice Honor Book and a New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing. She lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, with her husband and four sons. Diana Cain Bluthenthal is the illustrator of Hot Fudge Hero . She lives in the Florida Keys with her husband and son.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-3. Like Laura McGee Kvasnosky's Zelda and Ivy (1998), this simple chapter book presents four easy-to-read stories that show two sisters as friends and enemies, pests and loving mentors. Edna and Hester play at home, cope with bullies outside, share treats, and pass on warm family traditions, including a recipe for Thunder Cookies. There are lots of cartoon-style illustrations by Diana Cain Bluthenthal, and the clear sentences are printed in short lines that will draw beginning readers to daily dramas they will recognize. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-3-These stories have short sentences and brief, episodic chapters. Brisson's is the better of the two, clearly showing the sometimes difficult yet loving relationship between two sisters, as the older one goes from being bossy to kind and the younger one overcomes her fears and gets in her own teasing. The characters are real, the language is accessible, and the simple black-and-white illustrations bring the two girls to life. Milly, a cat, and Tug, a mouse, also exemplify the difficulties of getting along with others. They compete in a spelling bee, practice a play, tell stories, and write a book describing how they met. The characters and their childlike actions will appeal to young readers and the pen-and-ink illustrations enhance the story. Unfortunately, the text is a bit saccharine and the author talks down to her audience. While not of stellar quality, these offerings will be welcome additions for libraries looking for titles to bridge the transition from beginning readers to chapter books.-Amy Lilien, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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