A Mother for Choco

A Mother for Choco

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by Keiko Kasza, Keiko Kasza
     
 

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Choco was a little bird who lived all alone. He wished he had a mother, but who could his mother be? "Just right for the preschool group or beginning reader."--Kirkus Reviews, pointer review. "Young listeners will be charmed by the book's humor, warmth, and surprise ending."--Horn Book. Full color. Age 3-6.

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Choco was a little bird who lived all alone. He wished he had a mother, but who could his mother be? "Just right for the preschool group or beginning reader."--Kirkus Reviews, pointer review. "Young listeners will be charmed by the book's humor, warmth, and surprise ending."--Horn Book. Full color. Age 3-6.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Adoptive mothers will welcome Kasza's book. Choco, a small yellow chick, is in search of a mother. He tries to match himself to animal moms by appearance and is greeted with everything from apologies to grouchy rebuffs. Despondent, he comes across Mrs. Bear who looks not at all like him, but possesses the nurturing quality that every child searches for. She welcomes Choco into her family of children who are dissimilar in look, but share a bond of being loved by this caring mama. Now available in board book form. 2003 (orig. 1992), Putnam, Ages 3 to 6.
— Susie Wilde
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Adoptive mothers will welcome Kasza's book. Choco, a small yellow chick, is in search of a mother. He tries to match himself to animal moms by appearance and is greeted with everything from apologies to grouchy rebuffs. Despondent, he comes across Mrs. Bear who looks not at all like him, but possesses the nurturing quality that every child searches for. She welcomes Choco into her family of children who are dissimilar in look, but share a bond of being loved by this caring mama.
School Library Journal
PreS-K --Fans of Kasza's previous picture books will welcome this latest effort. Cheerful, energetic illustrations decorate the simple but charming taleof a youngster's search for a loving parent. A chubby-faced yellow bird with blue-striped feet, Choco believes that physical similarity is a prerequisite for family relationships. He asks a series of animals who bear even the slightest resemblance to him if they might be his mother, but all turn him away. Discouraged by their rejection, Choco is pleasantly surprised when Mrs. Bear takes an interest in him, plays with and cuddles him, and ultimately offers him a home. The presence of other ``adoptees'' is made obvious as a young alligator, hippopotamus, and pig welcome Choco into his new family. The endearing watercolor paintings are bold and bright enough to appeal to the very youngest listeners, and there is a wealth of character and personality evident in the animals' expressions. These pictures, along with the minimal, repetitive text, make this an excellent choice for storytime use. The emphasis on caring and sharing despite superficial differences will surely find a wide audience. A multicultural message may also be read into this satisfying story with appealing illustrations and a very happy ending. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
From the Publisher
"The message is warm and reassuring, particularly to adoptees, stepkids, and other children who for various reasons don't resemble their caretakers." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Just right for the preschool group or beginning reader." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Cheerful, energetic . . . An excellent choice for storytime." --School Library Journal, starred review

"A profound message, endearingly and subtly delivered. An ideal choice for adopted or foster children." --Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698113640
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Series:
Picture Puffin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
86,837
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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From the Publisher
"The message is warm and reassuring, particularly to adoptees, stepkids, and other children who for various reasons don't resemble their caretakers." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Just right for the preschool group or beginning reader." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Cheerful, energetic . . . An excellent choice for storytime." —School Library Journal, starred review

"A profound message, endearingly and subtly delivered. An ideal choice for adopted or foster children." —Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Keiko Kasza was born on a small Japanese island in the Inland Sea of Japan. She grew up in a typical Japanese extended family with her parents, two brothers, and grandparents. Uncles, aunts, and cousins also lived nearby. "All the steps I took growing up were very normal," Ms. Kasza says. "The only unusual thing I did was go to college in the United States." She graduated with a degree in graphic design from California State University at Northridge. Ms. Kasza married an American, and the United States has been her home ever since.

After publishing five children's books in Japan and working as a graphic designer for fourteen years, Ms. Kasza decided in 1988 to devote her time to picture books. She says, "Having two small boys and two professions was too much to handle."

Ms. Kasza admires many great picture-book creators, such as Leo Lionni and Maurice Sendak, but says that the work of Arnold Lobel has influenced her the most. The subtle humor and warmth he created in his books continues to inspire me," she says. "I often go back to his work when I get discouraged or lose confidence."

Ms. Kasza compares the process of making a book to acting on stage under the lights:
"I become the character that I'm working on at that moment. I pretend that I'm a bird looking for a mother, or a pig trying to impress his girlfriend. When I'm acting, I'm a child myself."

Ms. Kasza's ambition is not to create a hundred books, but to "create one really good book that will be kept on the family bookshelves for generations, although a hundred really good books would be even better, of course!"

Keiko Kasza lives in Indiana with her husband and two sons.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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A Mother for Choco 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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beachmomLM More than 1 year ago
We have purchased multiple copies of this book--one for each of our adopted children and now this copy for my cousin's adopted daughter. It's a great book that touches on the simple fact that a child doesn't need to look like it's mother. Choco is looking for his mother whom he assumes must look like him, but ends up finding the perfect mother who looks nothing like him or the other children she has adopted. My children are both 8 now, but it was one of their favorite books when they were younger and they were very excited to buy it for the new addition to our family.
blessedtobethemotherof3 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book about adoption. It illustrates that a parent's love for their children is not based on the children looking like the parents. Makes a great gift for anyone adopting...esp inter-racially.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for young children who were adopted. I used it to introduce the topic of adoption to my older 'bio' daughter when we were preparing to adopt our younger daughter. It really reinforces the concept that people do not have to look alike to be a family, and that a child's 'real' parents are the ones who are there every day taking care of him, lovinging him, and keeping him safe. It is a good book for non-adopted children as well, who are often confused about the issue of 'real' parents. Christine Mitchell author and illustrator of Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopterd as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a spectacular bedtime book for my daughter. She was only three years old when I began reading this book to her and she really enjoyed it. Now she is nine years old and she reads Choco to my 10 month old son. This book was very helpful to my adopted brother who had questions about who his mother was. I have recommended this book to my friends and I have received great feedback.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very sweet book that shows that families are not bound by looks but by the love you feel for each other.