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Title:
If it weren't for you
Author:
Zolotow, Charlotte, 1915-2013.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2006]

©2006
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
An older sister imagines the advantages of not having her younger sister around, but then thinks of one disadvantage.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Preschool-3.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 110338.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780060278755

9780060278762
Format :
Book

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Summary

Sooner or later, one thought crosses the mind of every big brother or sister: "If it weren't for you, I'd be the only child, and I'd get all the presents." This revised, re-illustrated edition of Charlotte Zolotow's timeless picture book explores the ups and downs of siblingdom-including the unexpected times when having a younger sibling might just be a blessing in disguise....

Ages: 3 -8


Author Notes

Charlotte Zolotow was born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro on June 26, 1915 in Norfolk, Virginia. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, where she took classes in art, writing and child psychology. She began her publishing career in New York, in the adult trade-book division of what is now known as HarperCollins, but eventually took a job in the children's division. As an editor, she presided over her own imprint, Charlotte Zolotow Books. She was named publisher emerita at HarperCollins in 1991.

Her first picture book, The Park Book, was published in 1944. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 90 children's books including Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, My Grandson Lew, William's Doll, The Hating Book, and The Seashore Book. In 1998, the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison's School of Education established the Charlotte Zolotow Award, which is an American literary award presented annually for outstanding picture book writing published in the United States in the preceding year. Zolotow died on November 19, 2013 at the age of 98.


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Booklist Review

In Zolotow's text, which was first published in 1966, an older sibling pointedly tells a younger one the advantages of being an only child and finally comes up with one reason why things are better the way they are. To Zolotow's credit, the last reason is as wryly truthful to a child's experience as those on the other side of the argument: without her little sister, she'd have to be alone with the grown-ups. Karas' fresh, inventive artwork captures the attitudes of the big sister perfectly, makes the younger sister cheerfully impervious to the older one's grumbling, and delivers a great deal of amusing activity in the pictures for children to enjoy. A timeless text renewed by witty, imaginative illustrations. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2007 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Big sister is feeling sorry for herself as she imagines how good life would be without her younger sibling. She wouldn't have to share her room, her treats, or her tree house. She could read all day, hog the bathroom, and watch any TV program she wanted. As she sulks, little sister gradually works her way into her sibling's heart with small acts of kindness. Finally big sister concedes that having a younger sister is not all bad. Wisely the author and illustrator resist the temptation to make the ending overly sentimental. Instead of hugs and kisses, the older girl offers her younger sibling a half smile. This is a re-release of a text originally published in 1966 by Harper & Row. Ben Shecter's original illustrations featured two brothers. The new illustrations not only change the gender of the main characters, but also give the story a fresh, contemporary look. Karas's art is bright and cartoonlike, with contrasting colors that give the simple figures energy. LeUyen Pham's Big Sister, Little Sister (Hyperion, 2005) tells the story from the little sister's perspective. Both are worthy offerings on the topic of sibling relations.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.