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I Hate My Sibling

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A squabbling brother and sister learn a lesson after a strange weekend at their Grandma's house

Synopsis

A normal weekend at Grandma's has unusual experiences for two siblings. Fear grips Patricia and Terrance on discovering they are the new household pets. Someone has taken their place. Their only hope out of the muddle is to work together, which is a huge challenge. Can they swallow their pride and overcome their sibling rivalry?

"I Hate My Sibling" is a short, sweet, and meaningful story about a brother and sister who discover that they need to work together to remove a threat to their household. I think the title of this book and cover art is arresting and that's why I picked it up.


Gillian describes Patricia and Terrance as siblings who are constantly quarreling or fighting and cannot stand each other. Their mother is unable to keep the peace. When she cannot take it any longer, she drops them to their grandmother's place to stay over the weekend as "punishment."


The siblings go through an unreal experience that weekend, which also teaches them the benefits of working together as a team and being there for each other. The message is loud and clear -- siblings should love and respect each other because they've only got each other.


The writing style is abrupt in some places, which interferes with the flow of the story. I also felt that the siblings learn their lesson a bit too quickly and easily but I'm prepared to suspend belief because this is a children's story, after all.


It is natural for siblings to disagree, but perhaps this book will teach them to respect each other.


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Synopsis

A normal weekend at Grandma's has unusual experiences for two siblings. Fear grips Patricia and Terrance on discovering they are the new household pets. Someone has taken their place. Their only hope out of the muddle is to work together, which is a huge challenge. Can they swallow their pride and overcome their sibling rivalry?

Bad behaviour

Patricia and Terrance bolted through the living room. Terrance skidded, missing Patricia, but that did not dampen his hopes. Being more athletic, Terrance followed in passionate pursuit. He jumped onto the couch and sprung onto Patricia before she could make a quick getaway. They toppled over with Terrance's legs locked around Patricia's neck and sprawled across the floor. Mother entered the room in time to seperate them.


"Patty and Terry,will you get a hold of yourselves!" said Mother.


Patricia snarled at her younger brother,two years her junior. "Pig head."


"Bird brain," said Terrance.


"Babbon legs," said Patricia.


"Monkey face," said Terrance.


"Patricia and Terrance, I have had enough of you! Does it always have to be a daily routine?" said Mother.


"Weasel," said Patricia, not bothered by her mother's interuption.


Terrance grimmaced. "Beaver butt."


Anger slowly rose inside Mother and flowed like larva looking for an exit point. She stifled it. Terrance and Patricia were unaware of how close to the edge they had driven her. Scowling and gritting her teeth, Mother stood up and walked off. A few minutes later, she returned composed. Mother announced Terrance and Patricia would spend the weekend at Grandma's. They were driving her crazy after an interminable day's work.

About the author

Gillian Kufinya is a mother of four and lives in Harare Zimbabwe.She enjoys creative writing as a hobby. when she is not writing she likes to game, read children's books and watch movies. view profile

Published on August 13, 2020

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Genre: Children's Books

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