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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Building Brotherhood One Step at a Time is a children’s illustrated tale of sibling rivalry after adoption, written by Katherine E.L. Norris. Kyle is excited to have a new brother, but is soon jealous that he has to share with Carter. When Kyle starts yelling and makes Carter cry, their mother takes them to the forest and teaches them to cross a stream while holding a big stick in their hands. When one slips, the other helps him get back up. Mother explains that having a new brother is like crossing a stream with a big stick – very carefully, one step at a time.
Although I was unsure what to expect from Katherine E. L. Norris’ story about the speed bumps paving the way through a new adoption, I quickly found myself not only nodding at the familiarity of sibling rivalry, but also smiling at the quick thinking of the mother in the story. Most families have silly reasons to bicker about one thing or another through jealousies, but there is an added reason for stress when one of the children is adopted. Although the child is very much a part of the family in every way, sometimes they do not always feel like they belong, and it takes some time for the adopted family member to realize that they are loved, accepted and cherished in every way, just as the other family members are. Insecurities play a big part in this but once they are overcome, the huge emotional hurdle involved becomes a thing of the past.
Building Brotherhood One Step at a Time is not only well written, it is cleverly titled and I believe all adoptive families should read through the pages, enabling them to see the world not only through their own eyes, but also from the eyes of the adopted sibling/child. I very much enjoyed reading Building Brotherhood One Step at a Time and think it would do well in home libraries, school libraries and social services offices around the globe.