this is one of those books that I did not find at all interesting that my youngster absolutely adored. i’m not sure why, but we’ve read it every night for a week. unlike most other books she doesn’t ask any questions, she just is happy (and insists upon) to have it read to her. plot: jafta missed his father while he is working away from home and is glad he is returning.
this books will seem familiar to most parents. “more” and “again” are regular parts of the toddler vocabulary. henry is a perfect example of this. his family is loving and indulgent …my favorite kind of family. the book rhymes which is perfect so kids can scream “more” and “again” at the appropriate times.
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.
i can not tell you how much I enjoyed this book. a sassy grandmother with a most wonderful view of life. my very literal 3 year old was not impressed with the concepts of seeing with your ears or nose. but that’s okay we still had wonderful discusssions about the five senses, public transportation and helping others. this will definitely be one we revisit as she gets older.
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).
i really thought this one would be a hit with the girl because she loves onomatopoeic words and this kind of rhythmic storytelling. nope. couldn’t interest her. but, we will try it again. because it’s bell hooks.