Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Savannah's Summer Reading List -- What Sisters Do Best by Laura Numeroff (Review)

What Sisters Do Best Board Book

6 x 7-1/2 in; 20 pp;
full-color throughout
ISBN 9781452110745
ISBN10 1452110743
Set to be released on July 11, 2012


In this delightful board book, renowned author-illustrator team Laura Numeroff and Lynn Munsinger celebrate all the wonderful things sisters can do together, from climbing trees and sharing snacks to starting a game of tag and making music. But what do sisters do best? The answer is clear in these appealing board books! With charming text and adorable illustrations, these are sure to appeal to any child who has—or wishes for—a sister. 

My Thoughts:

Now that Savannah is beginning to understand that she is a big sister, and that Arabella is not going anywhere, I have been sharing children's titles with her about sisters.  I love watching her interact with Arabella.  Each and every morning when her little sister wakes from her nap, Savannah is the first to greet her with a big "Hello, Sissa," followed up with a hug and a kiss.  Then, Savannah points to the play mat, telling me to put her down, so she can play with her.  Arabella is able to sit up on her own, so playtime on the floor has become even more enjoyable for the two of them.  You can tell Arabella is watching Savannah's every move, and tries to mimic her.  I had two older brothers, but heard about the strong bond between sisters from my mom.  She and her sister had a great childhood, and shared many memories together.  My mother was older, and helped teach my aunt (who is no longer with us) how to swing, ride a bike, cook, etc.  As I sit and watch Savannah and Arabella interact, I can only imagine the strong bond they will have, and what Savannah will teach her little sister.

For now, however, I know that they both enjoy story time.  So, when I received a copy of What Sisters Do Best by Laura Numeroff, I couldn't wait to read it to the both of them.  As Savannah sat on one side of me, and Arabella on the other, I began to read through the pages of this board book.  After each page, I would turn to Savannah and remind her that she is the big sister, and will be teaching Arabella lots of things.  By the end of the book, I could tell Savannah understood her role as a big sister -- to give Arabella lots and lots of love.  And, as I read the last page, she crawled over my lap and gave her little sister a big bear hug, and wet kiss.  Ahh, sisters!

If you have daughters at home, this would be a great book to pick and share with them.  I will continue to read this book to my girls.  And, as they get older, hopefully Savannah will continue reading this cute story to Arabella, as one of the many things they will do together as sisters.


Click here to pre-order a copy of this book for only $6.99.

About the Author:

Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best. The youngest of three sisters, Laura lives in Los Angeles, California.

About the Illustrator:

Lynn Munsinger has illustrated dozens of children’s books, including Spot the Plot by J. Patrick Lewis and What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff. She spends winters in Vermont and the snowless seasons in Connecticut.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone. 


  1. This books sounds super cute! Thanks for the review!

  2. Thank you for the review this sounds like a great book for kids especially those with sisters.