Becoming a Brother
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Becoming a Brother

A Child Learns about Life, Family, and Self

By Morton J. Mendelson

A Bradford Book





Becoming a Brother captures all the complexity and richness of a preschooler's responses to family change. Strictly speaking, four-year-old Simon became a sibling when Asher was born. But role transitions take time, and Simon continued developing his new family role long after Asher came home from the hospital. Here the boy's father, a developmental psychologist, offers a rare view of one child's experience of a common family event.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262132602 249 pp. | 9 in x 6 in


$32.00 X ISBN: 9780262631464 249 pp. | 9 in x 6 in


  • In this gem of a book... perhaps for the first time in the literature, we get an 'insider's' feel for the psychological changes involved in the transition from only child to big brotherhood... The analysis of Simon's interactions with his new brother provides fertile ground for the description of the social and communicative skills of the preschooler.

    Chris Moore

    Canadian Psychology