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Big like me
Hines, Anna Grossnickle.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1989]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A boy tells his baby sister all the things he will show her as she grows, from snow and bouncing high to making faces and blowing out candles.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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"I'm going to show you I everything," big brother says proudly to his tiny new sibling. And recalling his own, not very distant experiences, he is the perfect guide to the wonders and discoveries of a child's first year. A warm and loving picture book.

Author Notes

Anna Grossnickle Hines was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 13, 1946. She studied art at San Fernando Valley State College. She received a B.A. in human development and an elementary teaching credential from Pacific Oaks College in 1974 and a M.A in 1978.

Her first book, Taste the Raindrops, was published in 1983. She has written and/or illustrated more than 60 books including Come to the Meadow, Maybe a Band-Aid Will Help, Remember the Butterflies, Flying Firefighters, and What Joe Saw. Both Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti and Grandma Gets Grumpy were given Children's Choice Awards by the International Reading Association and Children's Book Council.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Baby sister has just arrived, and big brother is all set to show her the world. "I'll show you snow and listening to stories. . . . . I'll show you baby rattles and squeaky toys and my best teddy bear." Big brother's litany continues while page-top labels indicate the months passing as a newborn slowly changes into an older infant and finally a toddler celebrating her first birthday. The illustrations, especially of the baby, are astute; Hines has an eye for pint-sized anatomy and the movements children often display. Pastel colors and pale lines give the simple pictures a light, airy feel. An affectionate and refreshingly positive celebration of a new infant. --Denise Wilms

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hines has a gift for depicting children in their natural habitats. This book, however, lacks the verve that some of her other books possess ( Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti and Taste the Raindrops , among them). Big Like Me presents the positive side of being an older sibling; the narrator tells his new sister all the things he plans to teach her: about listening to stories, playing hide-and-seek and so on. On each page the siblings grow a little older, until the last page, which portrays a celebration of baby's first birthday. The illustrations are beautifully natural in the mood they convey: it's nice to see the mother nursing the baby, for example, and carrying her in a front pack. But the text is so rosy and uneventful that even the most enthusiastic older brother or sister is likely to be skeptical about such a future. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-- A book that's sure to be popular with those looking for a book to ease the introduction of a new sibling into the family. Whisper-soft pastel pencil drawings show the interactions between a newborn and her older brother throughout the baby's first year. The pictures are framed and labeled with the appropriate month. The backgrounds are kept simple to keep the emphasis on the two children. The story is told from the perspective of the older child as he relates, sometimes in verse, how he will show the little one everything: ``I'll show you laps and taking naps.'' Hines keeps the vocabulary appropriately simple for a young child. As an illustrator, she has set herself the difficult task of showing the changing sizes and activities of a baby and young child month by month through the course of a year. The drawings are not static presentations, but show a range of movements from crawling to bouncing on Mom's knee. Some renderings are a bit off, but the whole is so enjoyable that they do not detract from the overall presentation. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.