Henkes, a master storyteller, brings his signature illustrations and style to this story about becoming a big sister. Like many of his other books (see my post on Chrysanthemum), the book features a mouse protagonist with a big personality. The text uses a repetitive refrain to pull the together the episodes about Lilly as she struggles to accept her new brother.
Named an American Library Association Notable Book, this story is a wonderful gift for an older sibling at a baby shower or a welcome addition to a sibling storytime. Discuss how Lilly feels at the beginning, middle, and end of the book. Ask if anyone is an older sibling and how they felt before and after their brother or sister was born.
Use this book as a vocabulary builder. Henkes uses great words including, dazzled, quivered, ghastly, and glorious. Talk about the meaning of each of these words and make sure to write them on a board or have a large print out of each one so that kids can see how they are spelled and sounded out.
If your kids love Lilly with her ever present red boots, check out Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, also by Kevin Henkes.