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Galbraith, Kathryn Osebold.
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New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [1990]

When Mama announces a new baby is on the way who will need a separate room, two sisters become roommates.
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When Mama announces a new baby is on the way who will need a separate room, two sisters become roommates.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2-3, younger for reading aloud. Now that the new baby is coming, Mimi and Beth must share a room. Neither is pleased about the arrangement and both engage in some sisterly squabbling. But there's an upside as well; the shared room inspires some mutually beneficial cooperation and, later, when both girls are sick, they find recuperating together is fun. Indeed, once the wrinkles of sharing are ironed out, the girls look on being roommates as a big plus: "Maybe someday Rachel [the new baby] can sleep in here too." Graham's fluid pencil drawings have some rough textures but succeed in capturing the highs and lows of this sibling relationship. A warm portrayal that will be particularly appealing to children just starting to read chapter books. --Denise Wilms

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mimi and Beth are sisters who are quite dissimilar: Beth is neat and tidy, while Mimi is messy and likes to boss her sister around. Though each has always had her own room, the pending arrival of a baby in the family necessitates that the girls share one. Their differences begin to predominate during the enforced togetherness, and constant squabbling ensues. But when Beth needs help with her spelling, Mimi volunteers, and gradually, the sisters learn to get along in their shared space. When the baby is born, Beth decides she wants to be a big sister just like Mimi . . . sometimes. Sibling rivalry is a familiar theme, but Galbraith treats it with a fresh tone. Beth and Mimi are portrayed realistically, their antagonism and friendship believable. Graham's pencil drawings invite beginning readers to tackle the story on their own. Ages 6-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-- The arrival of a new baby forces Mimi and Beth to share a bedroom--not a pleasing prospect to either sister. Mimi is messy, and Beth pinches. Things work out, however, in five brief, easy-to-read chapters as Mimi drills Beth on her spelling words and Beth prompts Mimi's lines for the school play. Both delight in the baby, and their expanded roles as sisters, which have become more satisfying with recent practice. The text is liberally illustrated with Graham's thoughtful, carefully shaded pencil drawings. Mimi and Beth are vividly drawn in both words and pictures, and their liveliness is sure to appeal to readers. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.