Cover Image: My Brother Tom

My Brother Tom

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

Tom is not like other brothers, being born premature and having to stay in the hospital. Angels appear outside the window. Nice simple paintings make the text easy to follow for the very young, though I wonder if this is a situation too scary—or too hard to grasp—for that age.
This is not a book about coping with loss or anything like that. In fact, it’s a fundraiser for a charity that provides support for those who find themselves in this situation.
3.5 pushed up to 4/5
Was this review helpful?
My Brother Tom by Michelle Worthington (Author), Ann-Marie Finn (Illustrator) is a story for older siblings of premature babies.  This book can help them understand what is going on.  I gave it four stars.

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Rhiza Press-Wombat Books and NetGalley.  That did not change my opinion for this review.

Link to purchase:  https://www.amazon.com/My-Brother-Tom-Michelle-Worthington/dp/0994428014
Was this review helpful?
A sweet, sweet book for the little one's...thanks for sharing.  I have shared it w/ many.
Was this review helpful?
Five stars for content, layout, and illustrations. A sweet, tender story based on actual events. Children with brothers or sisters born prematurely or who need extended hospital care will find comfort and hope in this moving story told from the point of view of Tom's big brother. Stunning illustrations and sensitive, simple text,
Was this review helpful?
A delightful picture book for parents and siblings going through a similar tough time. Introduces the themes and offers comfort in a sensitive manner. I realy liked this and only wish this book was available all the numerous times I could have used it/recommended it.
Was this review helpful?
What a beautiful story and wonderful reason to publish a book. I hope many copies are sold!
Was this review helpful?
Sweet story about a premature baby boy named Tom and his big brother. Might make a good tale for younger children with premature siblings. Illustrations were wonderful. Good tale, not too involved.
Was this review helpful?
A really heartwarming but at some times very sad story.
Was this review helpful?
Everyone in this family is so excited because a new member is going to be added soon.  But  "soon" comes way "too soon" and a little baby boy named Tom enters the world.  

"My brother Tom was born way too early.
Most babies are born pink, pudgy and noisy.
Tom was small and skinny, and made little noises like a baby kitten."

This book is about a family's struggle and concerns that they have for the very survival of their newborn tiny infant.  The book is written from the viewpoint of Tom's older brother.  He witnesses first-hand the sadness and worry that his parents, grandparents and even the doctors are going through. God comforts him by allowing him to see two loving angels that appear outside the neonatal unit  window.  These heavenly creatures sing to Tom and encourage him, telling him that he is dearly loved.  Big brother hears them and in so doing finds peace and comfort knowing that everything is going to be alright.  

This is a perfect book to share with all family members that are going through such a heart-wrenching time.  This book gives opportunities to discuss feelings and emotions and ask the many questions (and there are many)  that surface at such a time as this.  The book is very well-written.  The text and lovely illustrations take readers right into the midst of a family experiencing the gift of a very fragile, very ill,  premature baby.  It is a book written from the heart and you can feel the emotional rollercoaster that each family member is experiencing.  

Royalties from the sale of "My Brother Tom" go to Life's Little Treasures Foundation which helps families in Australia who are affected by premature births and sick tiny infants.  I highly recommend this book.
Was this review helpful?
I received this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
This is a touching story about a boy whose brother, Tom was born early. Tom is tiny and makes cat like noises, he's hooked up to a machine and can only be seen by looking through a box. The older brother knows that Tom is really sick and then he notices that there are angels watching by. For me, I thought that Tom had taken a turn for the worst and that he wasn't going to make it, but I was pleasantly surprised that the Tom does survive. He has a scar on his chest that gets smaller each day. I love that royalties from the book are going to a foundation that supports families and children that are born premature.
Was this review helpful?
This is such a beautiful story. I enjoyed it and planned to read it to my 6 son who loves emotional stories. The pictures are also equally as beautiful.
Was this review helpful?
I thought this book was very good.  It's a very well written  book that is beautifully illustrated and it deals with a tough subject and tells it from the point of view of a young child in a family who have a premature baby. It would be ideal for any children who have questions, hopes and fears about their new sibling.
Was this review helpful?
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Tom was born earlier than expected and had the doctors worried. His big brother wasn't worried though, he saw angels outside his window and knew everything would be okay.
My Brother Tom is a story for older siblings of premature babies to help them make sense of what is happening at a difficult time.

Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Life's Little Treasures Foundation in the name of Tom Worthington Walker.

This was a lovingly produced book about the hurdles and stress related to premature babies and some of the coping skills that both parents and children learn. 

Not much else I can add except to say that this would be an ideal book for siblings of premmie babies. 


Paul
ARH
Was this review helpful?
Children's books these days . . . some of the topics they cover are extraordinary. This is one of them: premmie babies. I imagine his would come in very handy for a lot of parents as an easy way of explaining what is happening to older siblings.

Love that there's info in the back about Little Treasures Foundation, also.
Was this review helpful?
Hauntingly beautiful story about premature birth and older siblings.

I received this book from net galley for a fair review.
Was this review helpful?
A beautiful book that is perfectly illustrated. Insightful without being graphic. This is perfect for children with questions.
Was this review helpful?
I absolutely loved everything about this book!  The illustrations are beautiful, the words are simple, and the book says everything that needs to be said to a child with a premature sibling.  I would recommend this book to anyone who has a child in this situation.  The note at the end that royalties from sales of the book benefit the Life's Little Treasures Foundation was just a bonus to this heartwarming story.
Was this review helpful?
A wonderfully touching and simple book that I imagine would be comforting to many children and parents going through the same ordeal. It's for a good cause too!

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1864445528?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
Was this review helpful?
I was intrigued at a book for children that was about a premature sibling, as one of my grandchildren was born several weeks early.  I was expecting perhaps a little more substance and maybe even some minor medical details to be included.  I would have liked this book better without so much about the angels that the little boy sees and more details that would help a child understand the procedures going on with their sibling.
Was this review helpful?