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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547727380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547727387
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[P]acked with amazing biology… Depicted in crisp, gorgeous, cut-and-torn paper collages… " Booklist, starred 03/01/08 Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"… splendid contribution, another winner from an accomplished team." Kirkus, starred review, 04/01/08 Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"… fascinating animal facts… the new focus allows deeper explorations of the growth and development stages." Horn Book, May/June 08

Horn Book

"… intriguing lore… in gorgeous cut-and-torn-paper collages." NYTBR May 11, 2008 The New York Times Book Review

"Readers will love sharing this… The sibling focus is a way to include a wealth of fascinating science." Book Links, ALA

'Realistic . . . collages form a visual lure . . . eye-catching, and with an interesting approach to the animal world.' July 2008 School Library Journal, Starred

"With nifty torn-paper illustrations, this nonfiction book highlights all sorts of interesting sibling relationships." The Seattle Times "

About the Author

Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. Along with writing and illustrating children's books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.
Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

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The illustrations in this book are amazing! The facts and examples are very interesting, and I'd recommend it for kids ages 4-9. I bought other books by these author and illustrator because this book was so good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was a little too advanced for the 3 year old but the 9 year old seemed to like it. June 23 2016
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I bought this for my niece and nephew, 3 and 9 respectively. It was a little too advanced for the 3 year old but the 9 year old seemed to like it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filled with fascinating facts, this will capture young readers' interest Oct. 16 2010
By Z Hayes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In Sisters and Brothers, authors Steve Jenkins and Robin Page provide brief yet informative and engaging descriptions of the sibling relationships of 19 animals (which include the sibling-less giant anteater) and the characteristics of their relationships. The information is presented in accessible language and has a high interest factor due to the fascinating information on each animal. For example, the giant anteater is an only child and stays with its mother for two years; young cichlids grow alongside their adopted catfish siblings; baby Nile crocodiles learn the value of cooperation since before birth; young grizzly bear cubs will fight until one leaves home to search for a different territory to call its own; and many other interesting facts make this a riveting read.

Besides describing the way these animals interact with each other, other information is also provided such as their habitats, what they eat, their reproduction, etc. The animals featured in this book are African elephants, Gould's long-eared bats, Nine-banded armadillos, New Mexico whiptail lizards, naked mole rats, termites, grizzly bears, spotted hyenas, black widow spiders, cheetahs, peregrine falcons, wild turkeys, beavers, Nile crocodiles, European shrews, great crested grebe, cichlids, Asian koels, and the Giant anteater. An engaging, informative, and fun read!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging nonfiction book for young children April 7 2008
By The Well-Read Child - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sisters and Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World presents all kinds of information and fun facts about animal siblings. For example, did you know that nine-banded armadillos are ALWAYS born as identical quadruplets? Well, did ya? I bet you didn't know that there are no male New Mexico whiptail lizards or that cheetah brothers hunt together throughout their lives while the sisters separate from their families when they're two years old to start their own. Pretty cool, huh?

The book features 19 different species of animals from elephants and beavers to European shrews and giant anteaters. Splendid cut-and-torn paper collage illustrations compliment each paragraph of intriguing information, and a fun caption accompanies each illustration. I especially love the caption by the black widow spider's egg sac: "I'm having my family for dinner..." Eeeeek!

It's a challenge to write engaging nonfiction for young children, and Jenkins and Page have definitely risen to the challenge and created a book that children of all ages will enjoy. Even very young children who may not understand the text will be fascinated by the illustrations. I highly recommend this for any child who loves animals.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great nonfiction June 22 2013
By Alison Russo - Published on
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With the Common Core standards requiring us to have children reading more nonfiction, I delved into the works of Steve Jenkins and Robin page with my first graders this year. They love all of their books and enjoy every fact and illustration within. It has sparked a love of reading and writing of their own books that I have never seen before. Sisters and Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World was yet another example of an engaging topic presented as only Steve Jenkins and Robin Page know how. I would definitely recommend it for reading in school or at home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this book March 15 2013
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I have a boy and a girl, and they both love this book. We've had it for several years and when we read from it, they each pick 2 or so favorite animals and then we read about the brother/sister relationship. It's a great way to teach kids about animals but also get them to reflect on their own family. The illustrations are beautiful. I think this book would be a great gift for any family.