Posts tagged with Mothers
4 February 2013 - Book Review: A Mother for Choco
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Twenty years after P.D. Eastman’s classic Are You My Mother?, Keiko Kasza presents a heartwarming story of another lonely bird who sets off to find his mother — but is disappointed after interviewing a giraffe, penguin, and walrus, to find that no mother shares his wings, his yellow color, his round cheeks, or his striped feet… The straightforward plot communicates a profound principle that families need not be defined by biological similarity. This point lends itself to heavy-handedness, but it comes across here with simple good humor as Choco experiences a mother’s love through his encounter with Mrs. Bear. This story may be especially appealing to children whose families have been formed through adoption, but other children will benefit from it as well.
4 February 2013 - Book Review: Are You My Mother?
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Are You My Mother, a simple, well-loved classic, opens with a mother bird sitting on her egg. When it begins to move, she leaves to find some food for her anticipated baby. In her absence, the egg hatches, and the hatchling sets out in search of his mother… This is a great read-aloud for preschoolers, who will identify with the baby bird’s fear at being separated from his parents… It’s also a good easy reader, although a student who has had the book read aloud in preschool may view it as babyish.
26 October 2011 - Book Review: Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This is a likably repetitive story that preschoolers will love for its simple humor. Its pleasant characters and slapstick humor create an undeniable appeal, and parents will appreciate the fact that the children work together to express their love toward their mother, who deserves a break after all she’s put up with from them.
1 October 2011 - Book Review: The Gingerbread Rabbit
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is a mischievous, fast-paced tale, with elements from The Velveteen Rabbit and The Gingerbread Man blithely borrowed and mingled to spin an entirely new story.
15 August 2011 - Book Review: Smoky Night
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is a serious story which may be upsetting to some readers. It was inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots… If parents feel the need to discuss these kinds of events with their children, this book book may be a helpful way to open the conversation.
16 November 2010 - Book Review: God Found Us You
Age 00-04. 5 Stars. There is a growing corpus of books for children about adoption, and many are boring, sentimental, or oppressively serious. This one is a refreshing change.
26 October 2010 - Book Review: Baby in a Basket
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. This well-written picture book presents a gripping true story which will raise the heart rate and ultimately comfort young readers with its satisfying ending.
4 October 2010 - Book Review: A New Coat for Anna
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Based on a true story, this book dramatizes all the steps in old-fashioned textile production… Mother’s quiet persistence in providing for her daughter provides an example of love, courage and ingenuity in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.
16 July 2010 - Book Review: The Matchlock Gun
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Teunis and Gertrude Van Alstyne are Dutch homesteaders caught in the middle of the French and Indian War, and one night Teunis is called away to fight… There are few stories in which a child is given such an important and difficult task, and [ten-year-old Edward's] courage and responsibility are awe-inspiring.
20 January 2010 - Book Review: The Wonderful Way That Babies are Made
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. There is absolutely no substitute for an ongoing conversation between loving parents and children about sex and marriage. This book makes a very nice supplement (and possibly a jump-start) to that conversation.
When we read we cultivate a sustained attention span, an active imagination, a capacity for logical analysis and critical thinking, and a rich inner life. These are essential to a free people. — , Reading Between the Lines, quoted by Jan Bloom in What Shall We Then Know
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