Beth looks up to her big sister Jen and loves many of the same things that Jen does — including the color pink!

But Jen is envious of the attention that Beth receives during her birthday party, so she decides to hide her sister's gifts. Eventually Jen realizes that Beth is no longer a baby, but a little girl who adores her big sister — and that sisterhood is the best gift of all.

Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers that provides more information about sibling dynamics and relationships, and strategies for dealing with tensions.

About the Author

Marlene L. Szymona, PhD, has been telling stories since she was a little girl. Now retired, she decided to take her friends' and colleagues' suggestion to finally write and publish some of these stories. Based on an actual event, this is her first children's book.

Dr. Szymona was born in New Jersey, and spent much of her adult life in Boston, then North Carolina. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught professional writing and composition at a number of universities, including North Carolina State University.

She recently moved to the St. Petersburg area where she writes, reads, walks on the beach, and enjoys local theater and music.

About the Illustrator

Christine Battuz obtained a Master of Arts degree from l'Ecole de Beaux Arts de Perugia in Italy. Her delightful illustrations can be found in about forty children's books and magazines.

Reviews & Awards

My Sister Beth's Pink Birthday has a classic problem carefully presented in child-friendly format. The resolution to the problem is both simple and profound. Jen is comforted by her mother after she tries to hide and keep all of Beth's birthday presents. Eventually Jen is able to re-gift the gifts back to Beth and to add a very precious gift of her own. My Sister Beth's Pink Birthday has a helpful section at the end called Note to Parents and Other Caregivers, with practical ideas and approaches for improving sibling relationships. The charming, expressive pink decorated illustrations convey the story's characters and events in a quietly nonjudgmental way, with touches of delicious sparkle, perhaps the magic of love.
Midwest Book Review