Top critical review
on 7 April 2015
A useful book for a girl of about six years old who will soon have a baby
sister and the attendant sibling rivalry. It contains a series of stories about a new arrival to the family, explaining when the baby 'can't help it' and is very forgiving. Meaning well, as for example when she is read a story about a poor, hungry boy and she puts some bread inside a treasured story book, next to the boy's picture, the little girl, though 'naughty' is a redeemable character. People in the community who help other people are brought into the book.
The family is very middle—class, have a woman who cleans daily, a father who goes to work and a mother who bakes cakes all day, making it sexist and irrelevant to most children. It would be good if somebody could update these stories. (They were first published in 1970)