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She did it!
Ericsson, Jennifer A.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Four busy sisters make a mess while eating and playing, and each one blames the others when their mother gets angry.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 59852.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Four sisters--different ages with different interests--are all bursting with energy but tumble into trouble as they charge full speed ahead into their high-spirited day. As each blames the others for one mishap after another, they soon discover that having siblings can be useful and fun. Full-color illustrations.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2-4. An active, bouncing rhyme and bright ink-and-watercolor pictures capture the domestic chaos generated by four sisters from the time they wake up ("pillows fly, beds bounce") and get washed to when they grab breakfast, play, and fight ("Staring, glaring, trading smacks, / Shrieking, weeping, more attacks" ). At each juncture, their frantic mom demands to know the culprit (Who made her slip in the bathroom? Who threw the gooey grape jam that made her stick to the chair?), and the sisters point to one another. But when the girls finally get sent to their room in disgrace, they clean up together, and this time their answer is, "We did it!" From burps and giggles to snorts and jiggles, the rhyme, with noisy words that sound like their meaning, is great for reading aloud, and, as always, Westcott adds a wealth of slapstick detail that will make kids look closely at the mayhem and recognize their own messy habits. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Whenever something goes wrong in this all-female household (consisting of Mother and "four sisters, different sizes"), Mother can count on one thing a flurry of finger-pointing. Who created havoc in the bedroom? Who turned the bathroom into a water-and-personal-care-products hazard? And what about the board game fracas: "Start to argue, start to fight," writes Ericsson (No Milk!), "Each believing she is right./ Staring, glaring, trading smacks,/ Shrieking, weeping, more attacks." The answer is always, "She did it!" Banished to their room, the sisters decide to redeem themselves in Mom's eyes by cleaning up their mess. Working together as a team clearly helps tie the sisterly bonds a little tighter, too when Mom admires the girls' handiwork, they proudly embrace one another and shout, "We did it!" Westcott's (Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash) watercolors are typically at their best when depicting bedlam, and this book is no exception she packs the sisters' scenes with funny details (most of which involve the family's pets, for good or ill), and the nervous energy in her wispy ink lines makes every scene vibrate with comic chaos. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Westcott's impeccable cartoons are brimming with kooky and homey trimmings to create the personalities of "Four sisters,/different sizes." The girls join in chaotic antics that result in the finger-pointing of the title. Finally banished by mother's exhausted patience over ruined laundry, a devastated bathroom, a gooey kitchen, and fighting, the quartet works together to rein in the mess, then brags, "We did it!" as Mom lounges for a quiet cup of tea- maybe. Ericsson's rhymed story tells of siblings who shove for a drink, burp at the table, and ride bikes in a row. Even children without siblings will grow fond of this mischievous but loving family.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.