Learning to share - toys, space, attention and, from the point of view of a child, parental love - with a younger sibling is always likely to be a tough lesson for a preschooler, which is of course why it’s such a common theme in books aimed at this audience. Jennifer Northway (whose endearingly rumpled illustrations and matter-of-fact prose have a definite echo of Shirley Hughes) tackles the issue with unsentimental empathy, telling the familiar story of a boy’s discovery of the benefits as well as the downsides of being a big brother with appealing simplicity, and allowing the facial expressions of her characters to add authentic emotional depth.
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