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Little Sister and the Month Brothers by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers
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Aug 16, 2011

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bookshelves: tbr-journal, genre-picture-books, read-december-2011
Recommended for: teachers
Read on December 19, 2011

I am not sure what to think about this. I guess the main theme here is there's always going to be a lot of work to do, but be polite and kind to others anyway or karma will have you ending up dead in a snowbank. The author's notes said that this was originally a Slavic folktale and I get the impression that this story emphasizes culturally important traits and life lessons. I think this is one of those stories that would have more meaning if I knew more about the culture it derived from.

I wouldn't use this as a story-time book. Instead, I would think this would be useful in a multicultural lesson, where similar stories from different cultures are compared. Also, on a personal level, I thought the illustrations were very cute and spot-on, but I felt they were fighting with the text for prominence, rather than enhancing it.

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