Thursday, 20 January 2011

Book cover of Siblings book

At last my second book; Bilingual Siblings: Language Use in Families is published!
The original idea took form nearly four years ago, while we lived in Chicago and I chatted to other mothers with bilingual children over coffee and bagels after school drop-off. We wondered why our children had such different approachs to language use, even with the same parents and languages at home. I began researching the link of siblings with language and psychology in public library in Chicago in the spring of 2007.
A move back to France in the summer put things on hold while I installed my desk, internet and all my books. I set up an online survey which ran for three months over the winter of 2007/2008 and collected information on bilingual siblings from 125 families. With the data in, and three kids at full-time school, I began to write up the findings and link this to previous research and my thoughts on bilingual siblings.
My wonderful editor, Colin Baker, reviewed the work chapter by chapter and finally at the end of 2008 we had a First Draft. This still needed work though and it took another year for the book to be reach Final Draft stage. The book was officially accepted for publication in May 2010. However, corrections, re-writes and final details, like finding a cover photo, took several months. My children have grown-up; Marc, 14 & Nina, 11, are now at secondary school and Gabriel has moved from pre-school to primary school. I am delighted to finally see the book for real and hope you will enjoy reading about Bilingual Siblings!
Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert

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