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Annie Rose is my little sister
Hughes, Shirley, 1927-
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A boy describes all the things that he and his younger sister do together.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 68809.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Siblings everywhere will identify with this charmingly realistic story of Shirley Hughes's Alfie and his trying but lovable little sister.

Annie Rose and Alfie have lots of games they like to play together, like being scary monsters or running their own store. But there are some things Annie Rose is too little to do, and even some things Alfie would rather do without her. Still, if Annie Rose is ever sad or cranky, her big brother is the only person who can make her feel better. This is Shirley Hughes at her best - warm and wonderfully observed illustrations and a touching text convey the special bond between siblings.

Author Notes

Author and illustrator Shirley Hughes was born near Liverpool, U. K. on July 16, 1927. She studied drawing and costume design at Liverpool School of Art and the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford. At first she was an illustrator of other author's works, but in 1960 she published Lucy and Tom's Day, which was the first book she wrote and illustrated. Since then she has written and illustrated over 50 books. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Dogger in 1977, the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished services to children's literature in 1984, and the OBE for services to children's literature in 1998. She currently lives in London with her husband.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr.1. From the endearing English series that began with Alfie Gets in First (1982), this picture book features Alfie's observations about his little sister, Annie Rose. Endearing, yes. Sentimental, no. Hughes has a firm grasp on a toddler's traits and how annoying they can be to an older sibling. Still, Alfie knows his younger sister better than almost anyoneAnnie Rose tosses her stuffed animals out of her crib, through days spent visiting the store or the beach and playing with their friends and with each other. Few artists have recreated the young child's body language and surroundings as faithfully as Hughes. The gouache-and-oil pastel illustrations teem with well-observed details--a playmate's untied shoelace, an over-the-shoulder glance of a supermarket shopper when Annie Rose throws a tantrum. The pages are packed with activities that toddlers will enjoy looking at over and over, yet the older child's point of view extends the interest range upward a bit. Older siblings who want to do the right thing will appreciate Alfie's understanding attitude toward his occasionally trying younger sister. From the appealing jacket to the touching ending, this picture book will please children and parents alike. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Favorite characters and companion volumes spring to the fore this season. The star of Alfie and the Birthday Surprise returns with his younger sibling in Annie Rose Is My Little Sister by Shirley Hughes. Alfie reports on all the things that he and his sister enjoy doing together (such as reading books) then points out activities best approached solo: "Annie Rose always wants to play with my toys. She seems to like them better than her own-and that is very annoying." But Alfie is the only one who can comfort Annie Rose when she's down. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Alfie tells about the things that he and his toddler sibling like to do together, separately, and with their parents or friends. But most special is his sister's dependence on him to be her "big brother" forever. This loving book about family relationships stresses the positive and enduring ties between siblings, and the natural feelings of protectiveness that the elder one possesses. The realistic gouache and oil-pastel illustrations show the children's bond to perfection. A special book for any household with more than one preschool child.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.