In spite of the fact that this book (as have others we’ve read) gave my child an unrealistic idea of what kinds of pets her parents would approve, I enjoyed this book as much as my girl did. she liked the fact that a boy had a whale as a pet and I liked the relationship between the parent and the child. I appreciate that they kept their promise to him and had an open line of communication with their son.
the book has a beat and a rhythm to it that fit with the main character. it was a book we could dance to and as such, a beautiful way to introduce a historic figure.
i love the mutiracial in this book. this book gave my child ideas about getting out of bed at night to make sure everyone else is sleeping. how do i know this? she told me, after we read it, that it was what she planned to do. so read this one at risk to your bedtime schedule. consider yourself warned.
a book about succulent fruit and a cunning girl written in Jamaican patois. my girl has a narrow range of foods that she likes so she wanted to assure me on every page (after she counted the fruit) that she would NOT be eating those. we did have fun putting our hands over our tummy and pantomiming how big it would grow if we ate all of the fruits that the girl in the story did. so we were not surprised at all at that her gluttony resulted in a tummy-ache.
it is important that these books exist, i think. and it is a nice problem that there are so very many of them. i am talking about books that praise the color of the brown girl’s skin or the natural texture of the brown girl’s hair. we have read quite a few and unless the illustrations are particularly interesting, they don’t hold my girl’s attention beyond the first reading.
the illustrations in this book are beautiful. as is the language used to connect the children of the earth to the earth itself.
Children come in all colors of the earth. The roaring browns of nears and the soaring eagles.
my girl cared more about the animals and trying to figure out the relationship between characters in the book.
bonus: multicultural and multiracial families are pictured.