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Title:
Two girls in sister dresses
Author:
Van Leeuwen, Jean.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [1994]

©1994
Physical Description:
49 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
Jennifer and her younger sister Molly experience the pangs and joys of rivalry and family love in five revealing episodes.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780803712317

9780803712300
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Summary

Jennifer and her younger sister Molly experience the pangs and joys of rivalry and family love in five revealing episodes.


Summary

Jennifer and her younger sister Molly experience the pangs and joys of rivalry and family love in five revealing episodes.


Author Notes

Jean Van Leeuwen was born in Rutherford, New Jersey on December 26, 1937. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Syracuse University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in the children's book department of a publisher. She is the author of more than 50 books including Timothy's Flower, Bound for Oregon, and the Oliver and Amanda series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Jean Van Leeuwen was born in Rutherford, New Jersey on December 26, 1937. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Syracuse University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in the children's book department of a publisher. She is the author of more than 50 books including Timothy's Flower, Bound for Oregon, and the Oliver and Amanda series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 6

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. Jennifer is seven and a half years old, her sister Molly is five, and brother Timothy John will be born in chapter 3. This episodic chapter book, told from Jennifer's point of view, concerns the ins and outs of one eventful summer. The first story deals with being too little to do exciting things but too big to be cute. The second concerns the sisters' growing friendship with the gruff old man next door. In the third, their surprisingly ugly baby brother joins the family. The fourth vignette is about mischief and comfort, and the fifth, bullies and sisterhood. Writing with her accustomed simplicity and finesse, Van Leeuwen portrays her characters' actions, reactions, and emotions so realistically that they will resonate with her readers. Benson's attractive jacket art and six sensitive illustrations draw children to this appealing book. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

This gentle, episodic chapter book focuses on the tender, true-to-life relationship between seven-and-a-half-year-old Jennifer and her younger sister, Molly. In the first vignette, set in the girls' grandparents' summer house, Jennifer tries to hide her jealousy at the beach when Molly's chubby-cheeked, blond good looks capture the attention of a stranger. It is Molly, too, whose gregarious personality gives Jennifer the courage to deliver cookies to an adult neighbor--who becomes a friend to them both. Although Van Leeuwen writes from Jennifer's point of view, she makes it clear that both sisters experience the more challenging aspects of sibling dynamics when their mother has another baby (``Something had changed. All of a sudden everybody was calling Jennifer and Molly big girls. . . . Jennifer didn't like it. She looked at Molly. Her face was screwed up in a frown, as if maybe she was thinking the same thing''). The themes of loyalty and resentment are carefully depicted and balanced; the chapters have the feel of a sketchbook as they scan the ups and downs of family life. The final scene of the two girls giggling at night ends the book on just the right note. Known for her popular Oliver and Amanda Pig stories, the author clearly understands something about sisters too. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 6-10. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-2-Seven-year-old Jennifer experiences conflicting feelings about Molly, her adorable, gregarious five-year-old sister. In the course of the book, her resentment and jealousy are balanced by love and a growing sense of protectiveness. In five short chapters, they join a gathering of their extended family; become friends with an elderly next-door neighbor; meet their new baby brother; share a hair-raising bike ride; and deal with a neighborhood bully. Throughout, their ``sister dresses'' (identical except for the color) serve as a symbol of their bond as well as of Jennifer's growth and desire to be treated as an individual. Using simple language rich in metaphor, the author provides a sensitive picture of the older girl's observations and shifting emotions in a format accessible to transitional readers. A good precursor Beverly Cleary's more humorous ``Ramona'' books (Morrow).-Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. Jennifer is seven and a half years old, her sister Molly is five, and brother Timothy John will be born in chapter 3. This episodic chapter book, told from Jennifer's point of view, concerns the ins and outs of one eventful summer. The first story deals with being too little to do exciting things but too big to be cute. The second concerns the sisters' growing friendship with the gruff old man next door. In the third, their surprisingly ugly baby brother joins the family. The fourth vignette is about mischief and comfort, and the fifth, bullies and sisterhood. Writing with her accustomed simplicity and finesse, Van Leeuwen portrays her characters' actions, reactions, and emotions so realistically that they will resonate with her readers. Benson's attractive jacket art and six sensitive illustrations draw children to this appealing book. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

This gentle, episodic chapter book focuses on the tender, true-to-life relationship between seven-and-a-half-year-old Jennifer and her younger sister, Molly. In the first vignette, set in the girls' grandparents' summer house, Jennifer tries to hide her jealousy at the beach when Molly's chubby-cheeked, blond good looks capture the attention of a stranger. It is Molly, too, whose gregarious personality gives Jennifer the courage to deliver cookies to an adult neighbor--who becomes a friend to them both. Although Van Leeuwen writes from Jennifer's point of view, she makes it clear that both sisters experience the more challenging aspects of sibling dynamics when their mother has another baby (``Something had changed. All of a sudden everybody was calling Jennifer and Molly big girls. . . . Jennifer didn't like it. She looked at Molly. Her face was screwed up in a frown, as if maybe she was thinking the same thing''). The themes of loyalty and resentment are carefully depicted and balanced; the chapters have the feel of a sketchbook as they scan the ups and downs of family life. The final scene of the two girls giggling at night ends the book on just the right note. Known for her popular Oliver and Amanda Pig stories, the author clearly understands something about sisters too. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 6-10. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-2-Seven-year-old Jennifer experiences conflicting feelings about Molly, her adorable, gregarious five-year-old sister. In the course of the book, her resentment and jealousy are balanced by love and a growing sense of protectiveness. In five short chapters, they join a gathering of their extended family; become friends with an elderly next-door neighbor; meet their new baby brother; share a hair-raising bike ride; and deal with a neighborhood bully. Throughout, their ``sister dresses'' (identical except for the color) serve as a symbol of their bond as well as of Jennifer's growth and desire to be treated as an individual. Using simple language rich in metaphor, the author provides a sensitive picture of the older girl's observations and shifting emotions in a format accessible to transitional readers. A good precursor Beverly Cleary's more humorous ``Ramona'' books (Morrow).-Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.