McGinty (Ten Little Lambs) offers a twist on a well-worn solution to separation anxiety. The imaginary parental-kiss-in-a-child's-pocket is meant to soothe and comfort on the first day of school, but to Eliza, "her pocket felt empty, too empty inside," after her mother slips a pretend kiss inside it. The new kindergartener then goes through the day collecting various items in the pocket of her jumper (which has a symbolic pink heart appliqué on the outside) that remind her of Mommy: "she found a pebble, smooth and bright like Mommy's skin." With the pocket full, but her heart still feeling empty, Eliza finally uses her assorted treasures to craft a miniature clothespin doll resembling her mother. While few five-year-olds could independently create such a clever stand-in, the message here is one of resourcefulness and perseverance. Speir's illustrations are rendered in cheery, uplifting colors, with a vibrant yellow backing many of the spreads. A spare, cartoon quality evokes an easygoing, childlike feel. The reassuring penultimate scene of Eliza's mother withdrawing a photo of her daughter from her own suit pocket ably demonstrates to apprehensive students-to-be that their parents, too, have homesick feelings and similar ways of coping. Ages 5-8. (July)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
A kindergartener misses her mother at school until she makes a mommy doll.
On the first day of kindergarten, Eliza misses her mother. She's too sad to sing, play tag with classmate Ruth, or eat a snack. Not even the kiss her mother put in the pocket of her jumper near to her heart helps ease her longing. During the course of the morning, she collects various objects that remind her of her beloved parent: two blue buttons like her shoes; a smooth bright pebble like her skin; and a red napkin like her dress. Still, "her pocket felt empty, too empty inside." Then she spies a bit of golden yarn, just like her mother's hair, and she gets the idea to make a clothespin mommy doll to keep in her pocket. "During music, Eliza and Mommy sang every song." At recess, "Eliza and Ruth and Mommy all played tag." At the end of the day, the little girl is surprised to learn that she, too, has been missed-her mother reveals the child's photo tucked into the pocket of her dress, and then "she headed home with one Mommy by her heart and the other by her side." The bright acrylic cartoons feature the blond-haired, blue-eyed girl and her mother-a taller, thinner version of herself-against a sunny yellow background. While the story is somewhat predictable and sentimental, it is reassuring and may inspire some creative doll making. An additional purchase for back-to-school blues or Mother's Day.
Barbara AuerbachCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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- 10.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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