Do you want a dog or a brother?

Kid-Lit-Blog-HopI linked this post in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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.

The Best Worst Brother by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Charlotte FremauxSpeaking 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:


10 thoughts on “Do you want a dog or a brother?

  1. Maybe he’s a cat person!? lol I love that this book includes ASL. I bought a book so that I could learn the basics years ago. I still remember the whole alphabet and some other things (I think). Thanks for sharing this post in the Kid Lit Blog Hop and thanks for hosting with me! πŸ˜€

  2. HI you! Thanks for all your help, and thanks for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop! This post and your pictures are so cute! It is so cool that sign language is involved in a kids’ book—that way when kids meet a child who is deaf, they are likely to be more understanding and try to connect with the deaf child with what they’ve learned. My daughter learned sign language early, and as it turned out, she needed it very much. My nephew also learned it as a high schooler, and my cousin too—she ended up working in a special ed classroom, and signed at church. It is great when anyone takes the time to learn ASL—one never knows when they might need such a tool! Have a great day! Max is lucky to have you as his mama!

    • Thank you, Adriana. That’s very interesting about all the ways your daughter used her knowledge of ASL! Thank you for the nice comment. I’ll be sure to remind him of that over the next 18 years!

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