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. Volume XIV Number 21. . . .June 13, 2008
Given that I have two young daughters of my own, in lots of ways I found that opening the new Kids Can Press picture book, Rosie and Buttercup, was like opening a door into my own home. As an only child, Rosie "was a girl who had everything." At first, her new baby sister enchants Rosie. As Rosie begins to see Buttercup's existence as being more and more of an intrusion into Rosie's ideal world, however, she starts to develop resentment toward her baby sister. "I don't want a baby sister," Rosie declares. Rosie decides to give her sister away to the baby sitter.
Rather predictably, Rosie soon starts to miss her sister and concludes that, although life might not be perfect when one has a baby sister, life is better with one than without one. Despite the predictability of the outcome, the author, Chieri Uegaki, has done a fine job in capturing the tensions that can exist between two sisters. My own daughters' faces adopted very knowing looks when I shared this story with them. My oldest daughter, eight-year-old, Bronwyn (Rosie), even conceded the book made her feel a little guilty. I wonder how many times she has tried to give away her sister!
Gregory Bryan teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. He lives in Winnipeg, MB, with two daughters who are often just like Rosie (Bronwyn) and Buttercup (Tegwen).
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