Brothers and Sisters
by Maxine B. Rosenburg & George Ancona
Publisher: Clarion Books, 1991
Age Level: 9-12
Having a brother or sister can be lots of fun, although when problems arise, it’s not always easy. Here are three different stories of relationships among brothers and sisters, each told from a unique point of view: that of the oldest, youngest and middle child. As the oldest of three sisters, five-year-old Jessica gets the most responsibility–but also less privacy, and less time alone with her parents. Justin, who is four and youngest in his family, sees his older brother Brian as a comforting friend who involves him in activities. Middle child Joseph, age six, has very different experiences with his older and sisters, and a very special place in the family as the only boy.
With warmth, fun, and sensitivity characteristic of their other collaborations, Maxine B. Rosenberg and George Ancona capture the variety of shared daily activities, feelings, people, and living spaces that create strong bonds among siblings. Working, playing, fighting, making-up–brothers and sisters have special ties that point to continuing friendships as they grow up together.