First I have exciting news! My little sister brought home her Scholastic book order form and guess what I saw in it….
Pretty Cool Ms. Hill! 🙂
Next – Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! You can see my review of my favorite Dr. Seuss book (“Would You Rather be a Bullfrog”) HERE.
NOW for Perfect Picture Book Friday!
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because of the subject – adoption and it is one of my favorite books!
By Keiko Kasza
Ages 4+ / 32 pages
Published by Putnam Juvenile on March 25, 1992
Theme/Topic – Adoption / acceptance
Opening and Synopsis –“Choco was a little bird who lived all alone. He wished he had a mother, but who could his mother be? One day he set off to find her.”
Choco is a very lonely little bird. He lives all by himself and he doesn’t have a mother. He decides to go out and find a mother. Choco asks all kinds of animals if they are his mother. The penguin, giraffe and walrus all say they don’t look like him so they can’t be his mother. Choco starts to cry because he doesn’t belong, no one looks like him, so, no one is his mother. Miss Bear hears Choco crying and asks what is wrong. Choco tells her that he doesn’t look like anyone so he doesn’t belong. Bear asks Choco what would a mother do instead of asking Choco what would a mother look like. Choco says a mother would dance, sing, cheer you up, kiss, and hug you and Bear does just that with Choco. Bear says she has to go home to her other children and asks Choco to come too and let her be his mother. Choco meets bear’s other children, Hippy (a hippo), Aly (an alligator) and Piggy (a … pig 🙂 ). Choco realizes it doesn’t matter what a family looks like, just as long as they love each other.
Why I liked this book – Well just look at Choco – who wouldn’t LOVE that little bird?
Adoption stories are important to me (I’m adopted). I think the book shows that families don’t always look like each other and that doesn’t really matter. I’d like the story even if I wasn’t adopted because it shows what is really important about families – love!
Activities and Resources – To learn more about Keiko Kasza, you can visit her website HERE. I also found a neat craft for making your own Choco at the “4 Crazy Kings” blogspot HERE. I also think a good activity is to look at family pictures and tell what looks the same and different about people but then tell what you really like about the people and you will see it is usually something that really has nothing to do with what they look like. I think that is a good message to kids.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!