We Are Brothers, We Are Friends

we are brothers, we are friends, alexandra penfold, books

Being a big brother is a BIG job.
There’s lots to show your little brother . . . 
Trains . . .
Planes . . .
How to be a dinosaur.

There are games to play and adventures to be had. And if trouble comes, it’s big brother to the rescue because there’s no better friend than a brother.


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Equal parts reassurance and road map, done with skill and charm.
— Kirkus Reviews

“This buoyant tale is a welcome addition to early childhood picture book collections, especially where selections about new siblings are in demand.” – School Library Journal

“In contrast to many books about sibling rivalry, the older boy in this story is not threatened or unhappy about a baby joining the family. He is more than ready to take on the roles of teacher and protector for his younger brother . . . Parents helping children adjust to a changing family dynamic will appreciate the positive tone and strong sibling bond.” – Booklist

“There's always room for gentle books for older kids about their new younger sibs. Penfold stresses above all the notion that even though a baby isn't much for company, you can still be friends . . . Equal parts reassurance and road map, done with skill and charm.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Sibling rivalry? What sibling rivalry? Penfold’s cheerful big brother narrator is totally cool with having a baby brother. He looks forward to ‘adventures, just the two of us,’ that include pretend play with ‘trains, and planes, and how to be a dinosaur.’ Most poignantly, he promises, ‘When you cry... I will hear you first.’ Kaban—whose crisp lines, bright colors, and eager-eyed characterizations bring to mind 1960s animation—builds some wonderful images from Penfold’s words.” – Publishers Weekly