School Library Journal (Wednesday, May 01, 2002):
PreS-Gr 3-In Sarah's eyes, her older sister is very brave. Becky is not afraid of the new school or of the barking dog that they meet on the way. She's not even afraid of the convulsive epileptic seizures that she sometimes has. But after a seizure at home, she confides to Sarah that, although the teacher and the nurse know about her condition, she has not told her new classmates and she worries that she will have a seizure in school. One day her fears are realized, and her classmates stare and some laugh. The next day, Becky refuses to go back to school and Sarah has to conquer her own trepidation, walking there alone and going into her sister's classroom to explain what happened. The text reads easily with just enough information about epilepsy to help readers understand Becky's feelings. The soft pastel drawings emphasize the loving relationship between the girls. Epilepsy is tough on children and their families, and this story will help to explain the misconceptions.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Becky is Sarah's big sister. In many ways they are alike, but as Sarah says, "Becky is brave...and I am not." Becky walks Sarah to her classroom each day. She is brave about going to a new school, about standing up to a big dog, and even about having epilepsy.
But one day Becky has a seizure during class. Many kids stare, and some laugh. That evening, Becky decides she doesn't want to go to school anymore. The next day Sarah walks to her classroom all alone. As she passes by Becky's class, the students call out to her, "Aren't you Becky's sister? Is she going to get better?" Shy Sarah wants to tell them about Becky's illness. Now she must find the strength to be brave for her sister.