Me and My Sister
Author/Illustrator: Ruth Ohi
* Ontario Library Association "Top 10 Picture Books"
* Our Choice Award: Canadian Children's Book Centre
“In this satisfying picture book, told in short phrases, a girl tells about a day with her little sister. How short? “Sister in the kitchen. / Sister in my room. / Sister in a box. / Sister going zoom” takes you half way through the book. Spread by spread, these simple phrases add up to a rhyming, first-person text that leaves plenty of room for interpretation.
... Lovey-dovey picture books have saturated the market, but it’s the recognition of the annoyance that makes this affection more gratifying. Short and ultimately sweet, but not too sweet.”
School Library Journal:
“The uncluttered design features sweet, expressive watercolors against white backgrounds. With one short line per spread, this book can be read easily by beginners. Most young children with siblings will relate to it.”
“Everything Ruth Ohi does is a delight, including this deceptively simple tale … Ohi’s evocative, compassionate watercolors open her setting to more storytelling.”
“The short simple sentences make it a perfect reading choice for toddlers. The delightful rhyming text conveys a story beyond the simple words read.”
Our Choice Award/Canadian Children’s Book Centre:
“…This simple picture book glows with the warmth of sisterly love. Told from the older sister’s viewpoint, the text recounts the joys and occasional frustrations of being a big sister. The younger sister’s antics and exuberance are nicely balanced by the older sister’s patience and, at times, annoyance…”
The Globe & Mail:
“…Me and My Sister speaks volumes in very few words about sibling relationships – the ambivalent part. In 30 words, some of them rhyming, the elder sister, who might be about 4, lays it all out, ably assisted by Ruth Ohi’s expressive watercolours.
There’s small ’sister in the kitchen’ throwing chocolate chips into the bowl of cookie mixture that big sister is stirring up. There’s ’sister in my room,’ which is clearly a no-go zone (the expression on big sister’s face seems to shriek). There’s ’sister with my doll’ and ’sister being fed’: Face and hands covered in food, she’s not a pretty sight as she lunges for big sister’s doll.
But if those are the gut-wrenching aspects of having a younger sister, her willingness to play and to read with older sister seem to balance the equation. Perhaps the best moment for big sister is seeing ‘little sister sleeping on my bed’.”
Quill & Quire:
“This title is a good storytime choice for toddlers and preschoolers when presenting the themes of families or siblings, but it would be equally successful read quietly one-on-one. “Me and My Sister” and its endearing heroines will please Ruth Ohi’s many established fans.”