Posted by: irenesroth | September 9, 2016

A picture book about acceptance and growth

The Biggest Little Brother
Written by Aminata Jalloh
Illustrated by Kim Sponaugle

The Biggest Little Brother is a beautiful picture book written for children. While the themes of the story focus around sibling relationships and change, it also is about acceptance, growth and diversity. It is not often that you see dynamics of split families in children’s literature and this book does an excellent job in introducing this family dynamic in a way that is not heavy on the reader.

The story focuses around the main character, Sowa, who is used to his role as a big brother with his family. However, when his older brother joins the rest of the family in America, everything that Sowa used to take pride in leading at home has to be shared with his new big brother. As the story progresses, the reader wonders if Sowa can accept his new and evolving role in the family? Can Sowa be accepting of his new big brother?

This is a story that kids of all ages will love and a story that is very fitting for our time.

I truly loved the book from start to finish and will be passing it along.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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