My Big Sister / Mi hermana mayor by Samuel Caraballo

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In this tender, bilingual tribute to his big sister, Pablito recounts all the things she does for him while their parents are at work, sewing "jeans for the whole world."
Anita wakes him up and makes his breakfast, "Yummy! Yum! / Hot, creamy oatmeal / topped with blueberries and raisins." She holds his hand while walking him to the bus stop, and when the bus arrives, "I wrap my arms around her. / She tattoos a red kiss on my cheek." Anita is there to greet him when the yellow school bus drops him off in the afternoon, and she helps him with his homework, "just like Mom and Dad."

When Pablito's homework is done, they go outside and play soccer. Then it's time for dinner, a shower and a book in bed. And finally, their parents are home. "They praise my sister / because she is that big sister any brother would wish for!" And affectionate Pablito is surely the younger brother all kids want.

Caraballo's sweet lyrical ode to an older sibling, warmly depicted by illustrator Thelma Muraida, will resonate with young children ages 3 to 7 who rely on brothers and sisters to help with meals, homework and fun!
 

About Samuel Caraballo

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Samuel Caraballo, a native of Vieques, Puerto Rico, is the author of two previous children's books: Estrellita se despide de su isla/Estrellita Says Good-bye to Her Island (Pinata Books, 2002) and Mis abuelos y yo/My Grandparents and I (Pinata Books, 2004). He currently lives in Virginia with his family.
 
Published November 30, 2012 by Pinata Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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Estrellita marvels at the wonders of the big city after arriving in Brooklyn from her small Puerto Rican community.

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In a first-person narration, Pablito describes how his sister Anita takes care of him while his parents work in a factory to “sew jeans for the whole world.” After Anita wakes him up, Pablito brushes his teeth, dresses for school and ties his own shoes.

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