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 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.
my girl really liked this one when she was younger. mommy and daddy, however, could not get over how the baby in the book looked more like a little boy than a baby. so that was a thing but it was a great way to talk about animals, animals sounds, and to sneak in some vegan propaganda.
you want a preschooler walking around spraying spit everywhere in attempts to whistle? well this is the book for you. shield your eyes. this book is also fun for practicing opposites and prepositions (especially space relational words).
the illustrations in this book are utterly delightful. my brown girl likes this brown girl’s fashion sense. for some reason she enjoys reading the poem all the way through (it can be found on the jacket cover) and then telling the story in our words when we go through the book. as we are on a cusp of a seasonal change and have been talking about seasons, this book was a wonderful teaching tool as it marks well the passage of time.