Berta, compartmentalizes all of her feelings in four separate boxes: yellow, red, blue and green. If she gets “too sad” she opens up the blue box and fills it with tears. Too happy? No problem. Opens up the yellow box and fills it up with springing jumps. Once she’s done expressing herself, she closes the boxes tightly.
Pavlović’s subtle color shifts, highly expressive faces, and liberal use of magical realism crescendo in a poignant, touching ending that some may argue is inevitable. Others would argue is not an ending at all.
This funny, accessible tale is beautifully illustrated and detailed. In bright water colors (pun intended and warranted) the picturebook is beautiful to leaf through and kids will like the over-animated creatures and brisk narrative.
If you’ve never heard the term before, dialogic reading can seem a bit daunting. We didn’t do that when I was a kid. What kind of sorcery is this? Is this new math related? Believe it or not, these are all comments I’ve heard in relation to a relatively easy, valuable tool that you can use to improve your child’s reading comprehension skills, starting at the preschool level and continuing even through middle grade! [Honestly, even full-fledged adults can have fun with dialogic reading.]
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I’ve got to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever gasped at the end of a picturebook–that is to say, until I got to the end of this one. When I turned the page, an audible gasp actually left my mouth. And then I shook my head. I struggled for a while as to whether this was a kid’s book, an adult’s book, or one that’s fit for both. After much thought, [and trying the book out on some kids], I’ve come to the tentative conclusion that this excellent story needs to be read by all parents and caregivers and that children will also enjoy it.
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This book is sophisticated, filled with empathy, and written on many levels. If you are not prepared to engage in serious support while reading this book to a classroom of young learners, or with your own child to elicit understanding, then this book is not for you.
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a picture book paint such an honest and straightforward treatment of a mental disorder in a parent, and I can imagine what a relief it would provide for young readers to see that parts of their story are shared with others.
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