Thursday, February 25, 2016

Share With Brother by Steven L. Layne, illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Big brother bunny has been patiently waiting for his baby brother to grow up. His parents promised him his brother would be fun as he got older. However, as his younger brother becomes an active toddler, lots of sharing problems occur between the two siblings. With each sharing catastrophe, big brother is always advised, "Share with brother and someday brother will share with you." This lesson is tested when baby brother gets sick and his big brother comes to the rescue. 

A sequel to Layne and Hoyt's Love the Baby, Share with Brother is a story about the trials children go through when learning to share their lives with a younger sibling. Layne's witty words and Hoyt's quirky watercolor illustrations combine to make a sincerely funny story many readers can relate to. The big brother protagonist does not like how his younger brother has taken away the attention he once had from his family and friends. But when his young brother stops receiving that attention due to his illness, big brother understands how he feels. He goes and shares his time with his brother. In return, his brother does share with him, but in an unexpected, cute way. A sweet, heartwarming read for ages 4 and up.

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