Saturday, May 1, 2010

Review: Just Like You

Hi, I'm Esmé, and I am THREE years old! I've got a book to tell you about today...

Mom: What do you think this book is about?

Esmé: I think that book is about camels.

Mom: Do you think it might be about a baby? Look at the picture on the cover...

Esmé: Yeah.

Mom: Look at all the pictures on the front! There are some huts - maybe African or Asian. And pyramids from Egypt. And that's the Taj Mahal in India. Those look like Russian buildings. What's that animal?

Esmé: An elephant!

Mom: Yep, an African elephant. See the tree it's standing under?

Esmé: No, it's not an African elephant! It's a MOMMY elephant!

Mom: Moving on... (reading the story) ... I counted your fingers and toes, whispered in your ear, and sang you a lullaby...

Esmé (counting toes): 1-2-3-4-5. 1-2-pig-gy-toe

Mom: Uh huh...

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Zonderkidz (March 9, 2010)
***Special thanks to Pam Mettler, Associate Director of Public Relations, ZonderKidz for sending me a review copy.***


Marla Stewart Konrad is keenly interested in global issues and has a special concern for the well-being of children. Her career as a speechwriter and communications professional has taken her to numerous countries in Asia and Africa. She lives near Toronto, Canada, with her family, and is the author of several books for children.

Product Details:

List Price: $15.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (March 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310714788
ISBN-13: 978-0310714781

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What Mom Liked: I loved loved loved the subject and concept of this book!  It's all about how I much loved my baby, and how there were babies all around the world just like her, born on the same day, and how their families loved them just as much.  It brings out some of the cultural differences in welcoming those babies, while highlighting how much they are the same through repetitive text.  And then it finishes with how much God loved my baby, and each baby in the whole world, and how "he called the angels to sing a lullaby of joy" on the day they were born.

That's about the most powerful message I want to teach my child.  How much she is loved, how special she is, and how much God loves each and every one of us, no matter who we are and where we live.

The illustrations are touching and sweet, with a smattering of whimsical stars around each baby.  I love the cultural aspect of the photos and text.  I envision reading this book with a globe near by, finding the countries as we walk though the book.

What Mom Didn't Like:  I've got only one complaint:  this book didn't capture Esmé's attention.  I'm still trying to put my finger on why.  Generally, she has a great attention span for books, even letting me read more and more chapter books these days.  The suggested 4-8 age range is usually where her book interests lie.  But with this one, I tried several times and didn't get her to sit through one reading.

Best I can figure is she is a BIG girl now, NOT a baby, so felt she couldn't relate to the babies in the book.  Perhaps she'll get over this stage as she gets older - I am definitely keeping this book on my shelf and will bring it out again in a couple of months...