Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister?

(Author) (Illustrator)

Product Details

$14.99  $13.94
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
5.2 X 7.8 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Chitra Soundar grew up in Chennai, India, in a multigenerational family that was filled with small fights, big laughter, and lots of stories. An award-winning author of more than forty books for children, she loves writing picture books, fiction, nonfiction, and verse. Chitra Soundar travels the world visiting schools and appearing at festivals to bring Indian stories to children everywhere. She lives in London.

Jen Khatun is an award-winning illustrator whose work incorporates whimsy and playfulness in each line. Based in England, she enjoys living close to the sea and regularly walks through the beautiful downs to fuel her creativity.


This is a classic early chapter book, suitable for reading aloud as well as alone, with a gently humorous and imaginative style that effectively conveys character (Sona's grandmother's house has "breakable glass and unbreakable rules") and loving family dynamics, and there's an A. A. Milne flavor to Elephant's sometimes grumpy interjections (heard, of course, only by Sona). Sona's daily life filled with relatives, conversation, and tasty food will be relatable to some kids and enviable for others, and the name-day celebration may make all wish for a younger sibling to occasion such a party.
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

This chapter book's unique take on the familiar theme of welcoming a new baby is elevated by Soundar's exceptional characterization and Khatun's appealing art. A recommended purchase for school and public library collections.
--School Library Journal (starred review)

Sona's mother is almost ready to give birth, and her Hindu family is getting ready for the baby's naming ceremony. . . . The book features a highly accessible story about transitioning from being an only child to a sibling, and it depicts well-developed, positive relationships among members of three generations, all of whom burst with personality. . . . A charming story about becoming a big sister.
--Kirkus Reviews

Soundar neatly folds familiar themes of changing family roles, adapting to new circumstances, and dealing with big feelings into this beautifully illustrated chapter book showcasing India's culture and traditions.

A sweet chapter book filled with charming illustrations on each page.
--Book Riot