Now in paperback, this Candlewick Sparks title offers newly independent readers the chance to experience early fiction from one of today's most talented author-illustrators. (Ages 5-7)

Annie and Simon: little sister and big, big brother. Annie likes to talk--a lot--about what she’s going to be when she grows up, about rain and umbrellas, about picnics and meteors, about loons and canoes and turtles. And Simon is a very good listener. He knows a lot about the stars and the weather, how to fix bee stings, and where to look for loons. But most of all, he knows a lot about being the kind of big brother who likes to keep his little sister smiling.


Catharine O’Neill is the illustrator of many books for children. The inspiration for Annie and Simon, she says, "came from my daughter and her two quite a bit older half-brothers, who were, mostly, very patient. And, of course, from our dog, Hazel!" She lives in upstate New York.

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