After Max spent an entire evening with doggies and said the word a thousand times the other night, his daddy sat him down and asked him an important question (the silly man assumed he knew what the answer would be):
“Max, do you want a doggie or a brother?” Max didn’t skip a beat. “Baby!” Daddy’s jaw dropped. Mommy giggled.
Speaking of younger siblings, Max picked one of his library books to obsess over today, meaning we read it five times before lunchtime. Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen‘s The Best Worst Brother shares an older sibling’s frustration with her toddler brother.
The author compares the actions of a baby with those of a toddler, showing kids how quickly they grow and learn new things – sometimes things that bug their sisters. One of those things was throwing food (yes, we have a little trouble with that). Another was grabbing for cookies (yep, guilty there too). Seeing these actions from someone else is great for reinforcing what I tell Max.
Illustrator Charlotte Fremaux does a great job of showing American Sign Language in the book. The sister tries to teach her brother ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Now Max knows them too.
Some other great lessons portrayed in the book:
- We’re all different.
- We learn on our own schedules.
- Patience is a virtue.
- Persistence pays off.
For all of these lessons, The Best Worst Brother deserves 5 snacks: