In this moving story based on actual events, this is exactly what we see. The story of a friendship that brings together two unlikely subjects, a man and a mule. They become fast friends and spend time together enjoying one another’s company and sharing special moments.
The sweet story is touching (it made me cry, but I’m an easy mark), the pictures are achingly beautiful, and the ending is foreshadowed throughout in a way that clever readers will enjoy spotting.
The best teachers a child can have are the adults that are a part of their every day lives. Without even realizing it, the lessons come naturally and are learned so much more easily than those that are planned by professional educators.
From the witty title, to the delightful endpapers, The Pocket Chaotic is a charming story about becoming independent and growing up.
I was not ready for the emotional wallop that this picture book packed. In easy, almost sneaky language, the book tells the story of lifelong friends that span a “lifetime” and grow a deep, loving bond, that survives many breaks and ebbs.
Where is home? Where is here? When you are a child, home is usually where your things are. This is particularly true for kids, being the scavenging hoarders they are. And here? Home is here and here is where you are. So what happens to your sense of home, when you have to leave everything you know behind to travel to distant lands?
In this book from New Zealand, a young Māori boy dreams of making a big splash. Literally. All he wants to do is be able to cannonball into the water. Everyone around him seems to be able to do it, and if you could cannonball, you were someone around these parts.
Written in verse (a welcome relief from the constant narrative prose of current picture books) the book has many charms. The rhymes are, for the most part, tight and advance the story well. Kids like rhyming books.
On a snowy day a young girl and her mom trudge through the snow to get home after school. It’s clear that the little girl is not only more comfortable with snow than her mother, but that she actually delights in it. The mom, meanwhile, is reminiscing and missing her clearly tropical home country.