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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
My Big Sister, My Guardian Angel by authors Peggy-Lynn Kirch with Tammi Croteau Keen is an inspirational children’s picture book about two young brothers, Preston and Caleb, and their guardian angel sister Isabella. The narrative is easy to understand and follow. The importance of the message within the book, teaching and keeping the memory and spirit of a loved one alive, is perfectly written. The illustrations created by Carly Monteagudo are pastel and really capture realistic images, especially when focusing on the faces of the family members. They go well with the storyline to connect the young reader to the book.
Peggy-Lynn Kirch and Tammi Croteau Keen have created something very special in My Big Sister, My Guardian Angel. I got emotional while reading each page. One of the things that I especially appreciated was the detailed specifics of the physical ailments that Isabella had. I don’t feel that there are many children's books out there that touch on the subject of death or syndromes, especially a child’s death, and it’s something that children and adults should be educated on; how to be open with their child. Peggy-Lynn Kirch and Tammi Croteau Keen have found a way to take a terrible loss and share it in a beautiful way. This book is sure to teach the rest of the world how to find the words when faced with a similar situation, or when trying to educate their child about the importance of understanding that life is much more than what we see around us. There are other hidden facets where love still finds its way to us.