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Publisher's Summary

An overbearing older sibling can really be a bear, but the child in this understated, gently humorous story finds out that they can have their advantages, too.

"I live with a bear", the story's young narrator declares. The bear is loud, messy, uncouth, and very strong (too strong!). For some reason, his parents treat the bear like family, despite his protests. Why can't they see? Then he runs into some bullies on the playground. When the bear roars with all her might and scares them away, he realizes that there are advantages to having a bear in the family. In a delightful twist, the narrator's older sister (the bear) appears, telling him that she is not a bear. But if she is, he is, too - because two bears are even better than one!

©2021 Maya Tatsukawa (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor

Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2020

2021 ALSC Notable Children’s Books List 

“A thoroughly charming take on sibling relationships.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

“Tatsukawa puts a fresh spin on a familiar story...that any younger sibling should instantly recognize.” (Publishers Weekly

"Little ones with older siblings in particular will likely appreciate the boy's gradually shifting perspective, as well as the warm portrayal of the multifaceted nature of sibling relationships." (Booklist

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