Margin Notes

DEAR SISTER BY ALISON MCGHEE AND JOE BLUHM

Nov
10

If you have not had the pleasure of reading, “dear sister” by Alison McGhee this is a must have for your classroom library.  It would also make a for a great read-aloud with your class to spark engaging conversation and storytelling.   

Inspired by her own children’s letters to each other as they were growing up, Alison McGhee takes you through “brother’s” journey of surviving the “not so joys” of life with a little annoying sister.  Anyone with siblings or close younger relatives can relate to the trying times of constantly being pestered, hounded and needed at the drop of the hat when you really want time and space to be alone. 

Joe Bluhm, the illustrator captures the authors narrative precisely with his illustrations depicting the perfect annoying little sister. 

The book written as a collection of letters throughout  “brother’s journey” from childhood to adulthood mixed with the loss of a special friendship and finding himself to realizing that having a sister all along was just what he needed after all. 

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