A lovely, lyrical ode to the magic of sisterhood by beloved former first daughters and bestselling authors Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush.
A young girl's wish is granted when a new sister arrives. While the baby can't do much, over time the big and little siblings become inseparable, playing and dancing, imagining and laughing. By each other's sides, they are smarter, kinder, and braver than they ever thought they could be. And they are forever sisters first.
This exquisite celebration of the bond between sisters is inspired by the spirited childhood of Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life.
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.