An eight-year-old girl, “The Great One,” and her six-year-old brother, “The Pain,” state their cases about each other and who is best loved by their parents.
Why I Loved this Book:
I’m really not even sure what age I was when I first read this book, suffice it to say I was really young. But this was and is one of my all time favorite children’s books. The two characters at the time reminded me so much of me and my brother it was scary. Except I happened to be The Pain while my brother was The Great One. Although we were only a year apart, we both suffered from the classic older/younger sibling rivalries. At least until my sister came along and threw a big wrench in the dynamic. But Judy Blume captures the feelings and thoughts older/younger siblings perfectly, and it translates brilliantly on the page. Both siblings are envious of how the parents treat the other, so the parents change tactics and treat the one like the other. It is only after they have switched roles that they find that their position in the family was the greatest all along. Great little story about understanding, acceptance, and learning to let people love you for who you are.
So, have any of you out there read The Pain and the Great One? If so, what did you think and can you relate at all?
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