A riot of color and movement, this is a catchy read-aloud, much like the original, and it’s easy to see its appeal to kids and fans of all ages.
The grass isn’t actually greener on the other side of the gate.
Meandering through crowded, narrow lanes our dark-skinned protagonist narrates the scents and sounds of the market as she contemplates what to get for her mother- the swish of marigold garlands, the scent of jasmine to perfume her mother’s braid, the rickshaw rushing by.
As a parent, have you ever been faced with a picky eater? I feel like this is something that could drive any parent either to the brink of insanity or, lead them to do anything in their power to get that little one to eat.
He is very hesitant, as she convinces him to become a jaguar crawling first along the carpeted floors of the house and then into the nearby forest. The transformation from human to beast is captured beautifully on a bifold illustration depicting them as half human, half jaguar stalking into the night.
This book is highly non-objectionable; except, I do not know why it was published.
In short, the book tries to cover too much, in too little space.
From the insecurities of body image to “a” goodbye, to the final goodbye, Dakos weaves humor and pathos into a wonderful collection of poems that will get children talking.
This gentle book about caring for a child in the foster care system is beautifully illustrated and delicately written.