The former first daughters share intimate stories and reflections from the Texas countryside to the storied halls of the White House and beyond.
Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years watched over by Secret Service agents and became fodder for the tabloids, with teenage mistakes making national headlines.
But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story. In Sisters First, Jenna and Barbara take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, as they share stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, their loves and losses, and the sisterly bond that means everything to them.
Hager and Bush follow up their 2017 memoir, Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life, with this heartfelt picture book tribute to sisterhood both literal and figurative. "As we've grown older, our definition of sisters' has expanded to friends and colleagues women who lift us up and help us believe that we are enough," they write in an introductory note. As the story opens, a lonely girl eagerly awaits the birth of a sibling: "My wishing paid off;/ it was written in the stars;/ A new baby sister would/ soon be ours." Reality sets in, though, once the infant arrives: "You cried and you ate, but not much more./ (My new baby sister was a bit of a snore)." As the baby matures, the two become inseparable, yet, in keeping with the authors' message about the expansive nature of sisterhood, they also spend time cavorting with a diverse cluster of other girls. Kaulitzki (Badger's Perfect Garden) crafts breezy, luminous mixed-media illustrations that capture the sisters' mutual affection and playful flights of imagination. Though the verse's rhythm and rhyme are sometimes strained, the story's genuine sentiment shines through brightly. Ages 5 8.
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Having watched these two women grow up in the public eye, it is a joy to see that they are truly helping to change the world. Love the stories. I laughed and cried with you. Thanks for sharing.
Powerful, Amazingly Beautiful Book!!!
Thank you so much for writing this wonderful book. It was so heartwarming that I just couldn’t bear to put it down! I cried and laughed and my heart was so full. I loved reading it and will re-read it when I need a little life lift!
Regardless of your political opinion, you will delight in this heartfelt memoir of these two sisters. I laughed, I cried, and was sad when it was finished.