Could It Happen to Anyone?

Could It Happen to Anyone?

by Mar Pavon, Sonja Wimmer
     
 

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Balzo accompanies his mother to a store where children cannot touch anything. To avoid boredom, he pretends to be a caterpillar and accidentally bumps his head and makes a mess. Neither his mother nor the shopkeeper notice the bump but instead give Balzo a hard time because of the mess he has made. Imaginative and charming, this story illustrates the importance of… See more details below

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Balzo accompanies his mother to a store where children cannot touch anything. To avoid boredom, he pretends to be a caterpillar and accidentally bumps his head and makes a mess. Neither his mother nor the shopkeeper notice the bump but instead give Balzo a hard time because of the mess he has made. Imaginative and charming, this story illustrates the importance of forgiving children’s mishaps.

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"And to kick off our first children's book club submission, we have found a phenomenal new book. . . . This story has a darling way of reminding us about looking at situations with our children from a different perspective." —www.ItsAllGoodBooks.com (November 2011)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Taken to "one of those stores where children can't touch anything," little Balzo is "bored stiff" until he discovers a shelf of beautiful porcelain figurines. But when he decides to try "fluttering" over to surprise his mother, in imitation of the butterfly figurine, disaster ensues, in the form of shattered figurines, irate shopkeeper, threatening mom, and huge lump on Balzo's head that no adult seems to care about. Yet later that evening, when his mother accidently breaks her cherished Chinese vase, Balzo overhears his dad reassuring her: "Well, never mind. It could happen to anyone." Why the double standard for parents and kids? Pavon's text seems directed more to insensitive parents than to child readers, concluding with a preachy pronouncement that "It could happen to anyone" is "the best thing you can say to anyone. . . who's just broken something by accident." Brokenbrow's awkward translation does not help: e.g., "Mom . .. tells off Balzo for touching everything." But Wimmer's paintings perfectly capture a child's perspective of a puzzling and menacing adult world, animating and enchanting each lovely figurine, and providing a warmth and emotional resonance absent from the story itself. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788415241034
Publisher:
Cuento de Luz
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Handbooks Series
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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"And to kick off our first children's book club submission, we have found a phenomenal new book. . . . This story has a darling way of reminding us about looking at situations with our children from a different perspective." —www.ItsAllGoodBooks.com (November 2011)

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