When I Was King

When I Was King Before you came I owned the throne They trembled at my slightest moan I was the star the prize the king But you have ruined everything Welcoming new siblings isn t the easiest thing to do But if yo

  • Title: When I Was King
  • Author: Linda Ashman David McPhail
  • ISBN: 9780060290511
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Before you came, I owned the throne.They trembled at my slightest moan.I was the star, the prize, the king But you have ruined everything.Welcoming new siblings isn t the easiest thing to do But if you give them a chance, you ll discover how much fun they are So maybe there is room for another king or queen Linda Ashman and David McPhail share the creative spotlighBefore you came, I owned the throne.They trembled at my slightest moan.I was the star, the prize, the king But you have ruined everything.Welcoming new siblings isn t the easiest thing to do But if you give them a chance, you ll discover how much fun they are So maybe there is room for another king or queen Linda Ashman and David McPhail share the creative spotlight in this humorous and charming picture book about adjusting to a new sibling.

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    About Author

    1. Linda Ashman s children s books have been named to the best of the year lists of the New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Child Magazine, New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the IRA CBC and She is also the author of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books.Linda lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, Jack Hicks, their son Jackson, and their two dogs.

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    1. Julia has something against boys at the moment To be fair, I do also so I can t really get on her about this but I honestly thought she wouldn t like this book because of the boy king, not queen which is just awful in her mind on the cover After flipping through it though and liking the verses I knew I had to try Once we got home she didn t say anything surprisingly The story is about a boy who isn t adapting well to his new baby brother The simple rhyming versus couldn t have been better in my [...]


    2. A gentle and humorous book on sibling rivalry and how the older sibling once ruled the castle and now no longer does A little boy struggles with being replaced as the center of attention, noticing that if he burps or drools he is told it is bad manners but the baby is praised for doing just that There are pages of the boy telling his baby brother that all of this was once MINE, which capture the desperation and neediness of a new older sibling perfectly Through gentle parenting and insight, the [...]


    3. When we feel better about ourselves, we feel better about everything.Shadowy, Sendakian illustrations and spot on, multiply paced rhyming text take us for one spin around the familiar first born cycle of resentment, rage, worry, the relief of being understood, warm fuzziness and back to the joy of siblinghood in this reassuring glimpse inside a shared spotlight.You can listen in on our chat about this book on ourJust One More Book Children s Book Podcast.


    4. This picture book took me by surprise, because I wasn t expecting it to impact me on a personal level It s a book about losing your kingship when you get a younger sibling, and my older daughter loved it The first time I read it the book really struck me because just as you lose your kingship when you go from being an only child to having a sibling, you also lose your kingship your independent ability to focus on yourself and what you want to do all the time when you have kids The book has lovel [...]


    5. A little boy gets a new baby brother and is upset that he no longer is the only child The parents never pay attention to him any and he complains that all they do is pay attention to the new baby Finally, the boy realizes all of the stuff that he gets to do and have that his little brother can t And, eventually he realizes all of the cool things he can teach and help his new baby brother with He decides to share his throne.


    6. The new baby brings out feelings of resentment and reminiscing about the good life before the new baby, but when Mom helps big brother see things from a new perspective the reigning king decides to share his throne.A nice rhyming read aloud full of real emotions regarding the change in family dynamics when a new baby arrives The solution is solid and realistic PreK 2.


    7. Nice book about a young boy and his trouble with his younger brother He s used to having all the attention and to having free reign of everything in the house The book does a nice job of pointing out that because he s older, there are a lot of things he can do that the baby can t yet Great for preschoolers who are having a hard time adjusting to their new sibling.


    8. When I was King is a great book for siblings trying to understand why it is important to share mommy and daddy s attention I highly recommend this book for parent who are having their second or third child.


    9. A young boy thinks back fondly on when he was king before the new baby came along At first he is resentful and angry, but soon, with the love and kindness of his family, he learns how special it is to be the older brother.


    10. This was a fun book for a boy about to have a new sibling It rhymes, deals with things that are important to a toddler toy sharing, family identity and possessions , and is a fun story Definitely recommend.



    11. An older brother starts out complaining about a new sibling, but eventually realizes how many things he can do that the new baby can t and how special they both are.




    12. A very realistic book at the frustrations of an older sibling with a baby sibling The rhyme works, and the book resolves with acceptance of the baby.






    13. I read this book to my son for the first time this weekend and really liked it With a new baby on the way, I think it is a great way of recognizing and dealing with jealousy issues.




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