Brother, Sisters, and Books

March 30th, 2011 by

Growing up with three siblings can be tough. And if you have siblings, you’ll know that one of the biggest challenges is sharing stuff — bedrooms, bathrooms, clothes, parents… But one thing I never (well, rarely) minded sharing was BOOKS! Being a little sister AND a big sister, I had the strategic advantage of being recommended great books by my two older sisters and also bossing around advising my little brother on what books he should read.

So since we’re celebrating Books about Siblings right now, I thought I’d bug them for their book recommendations:

My little brother, Chris (who is now much taller than me):

“I always liked Harry Potter because (the first few) were easy to understand; plus, it was my first book series that I read… unless you count FoxTrot! XD”

My brother primarily spoke and read Chinese up until 5th grade, so getting into Harry Potter was a GREAT way to learn English! He was also a big fan of Bill Amend’s clever comic series FoxTrot, which I introduced him to. *Pats self on back*

My big sister, Cindy (who is actually shorter than me):

“The Boxcar Children and Little House on the Prairie series taught me to be resourceful and the American Girls series taught me to be proper. Anne of Green Gables taught me to be adventurous and not let people get me down, and Judy Blume’s Fudge books taught me the importance of a sense of humor. Now that I think of it, the Baby-sitter’s Club series taught me that everyone is either a natural-born leader, a natural-born shy person, a natural-born fashionista, or a natural-born… something!”

Cindy is closest to me in age, and I’d like to point out that all the books she mentioned have also been my picks for Kidsmomo themes!

My biggest sister, Sherry (we are the same size, but she is much wiser)

“The picture book If You Give A Mouse a Cookie taught me that milk and cookies go well together and mice are cute. (Cindy would vehemently disagree). I learned how to share and it’s the reason why I love chocolate chip cookies today. I also liked the Encyclopedia Brown series — this kid could do anything. I learned much of my common sense from those short stories. And the Boxcar Children series — what’s not to love about four orphaned kids who decide to run away and live in a boxcar… living off of bread and milk and (SPOILER ALERT!) reuniting with a wealthy grandpa? It’s the reason why I love french bread and milk… I just noticed that much of what I eat come from reading books. Sad.”

Sherry, it’s not as sad as the fact that Karen and I talk nearly as much about food as about books in podcasts…

Anyway, do any of you share books with your siblings? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Nancy

One of Nancy’s fondest memories is sitting around the kitchen table with all of her siblings, eating shoveling cereal and milk into our gullets while each reading a book. A lot of book spines and corn flakes were demolished at that kitchen table.

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2 Responses

  • Cindy, the Small Big Sister writes:
    March 30th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I love this blog entry!

  • Hahaha me writes:
    March 31st, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Neither of my older siblings read a lot, but I convinced my brother to read the Percy Jackson series, which he ripped through. Now I’m reading The Titan’s Curse aloud to my sister and she loves it!

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