A Song for My Sister by Lesley Simpson

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WAAAAA!  When Mira's wish for a sister at long last comes true, she's thrilled—but the new baby isn't exactly what she expected. Who knew someone so little could make so much noise! No matter what Mira or her parents do to soothe or amuse her, the baby's reaction is . . . WAAAAA!

On the day of her simchat bat, her Jewish naming ceremony, the baby cries--as usual! That is, until Mira steps close to offer her own special gift and the inspiration for her parents' choice of the perfect name.

Lesley Simpson's tale of a family adjusting to a welcome change is sweet and sassy and very funny. It's a universal story about families and siblings, as well as a glimpse into a lovely Jewish ritual for welcoming baby girls to the family and the community.

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LESLEY SIMPSON’s secret fantasy is to sing! In the real world, she has worked as a reporter, feature writer, and columnist for Canadian daily newspapers, as well as an associate producer for CBC Radio. In her other writing life, Lesley is the author of The Hug, The Shabbat Box, and Yuvi’s Candy Tree. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada, but you can visit her anytime at LesleySimpson.ca

Author Residence: Toronto, Canada.

Author Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaGrowing up with her nose in a book, TATJANA MAI-WYSS always wanted to be the one to draw the pictures, so she became an artist. While working on the art for A Song for My Sister, she looked to her two daughters for inspiration. Tatjana’s illustrations have been published in books and magazines in the United States and abroad. Originally from Switzerland, she now lives in sunny South Carolina.Illustrator Residence: Clemson, SCIllustrator Hometown: Eschlikon, Switzerland
Published June 26, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The book ends with the sounds of Jewish music, Mira singing “Dim-dim-dee-dee-dim” and her sister singing “Goo-goo-ga-ga-ga.” Even young readers may see the plot twists coming, but the details are funny (Mira wants to name the baby Siren), the ending is genuinely moving, and some families may want...

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If Mom fed her, her answer was “Waaaaaaa!” If Dad danced with her, her answer was “Waaaaaa!” If Mira burped her or bounced her or did her best acrobatic trick, her answer was “Waaaaaa!” When they talked about what to name her on simchat bat, her naming day, Mira thought Siren was the perfect name.

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Mira tries everything to help, but it is only on the baby’s eighth day, the day of her simchat bat, or Jewish naming ceremony, that Mira and her family figure out how to make her stop crying.

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