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Mommy must travel for business, and Zoran is not happy-he will miss her too much! But what if he gives Mommy one of his special things to take with her so that she will have a part of him with her when she goes?

Like The Kissing Hand, this story offers a usable and comforting solution for kids and parents ...
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Mommy must travel for business, and Zoran is not happy-he will miss her too much! But what if he gives Mommy one of his special things to take with her so that she will have a part of him with her when she goes?

Like The Kissing Hand, this story offers a usable and comforting solution for kids and parents to help ease times of separation and show that out of sight does not mean out of mind or heart. Iron Chef and working mom Cat Cora and her son came up with this idea when she had to do her own work travel.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It doesn't matter how carefully Zoran's mother has prepared him for her upcoming business trip to New York. "e still did not like it. ‘No New York!' he said, and he meant it." But together, the pair hits on the ideal solution: Mommy takes with her a drawing that Zoran made in school. It's portable, easy to show off to colleagues, and can sit on Mommy's hotel nightstand so she can "have a part of you right next to me." Every kid with a parent who travels for business knows all too well the dilemma facing the characters in this story. So it's too bad that Cora, the Iron Chef, making her kid's lit debut, writes such cloying, stilted prose. Even the most earnest grownups will have trouble delivering lines like "Why is there a cloud over my bright little sunshine?" and "Yeah Mommy, I did it! I found the perfect something special!" Allen (Princess Party) has a better grasp of emotional authenticity in her gouache and pencil drawings, but for the most part it's sweetness ladled on top of treacle. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Meagan Eudy
Zoran’s mommy prepares for a work trip and tells him about it a couple of days in advance. This makes Zoran very sad, and his mommy comes up with an idea to cheer him. She asks him to go find something special of his that she can take on the trip; even though he is not going, she will have a little piece of him with her. Zoran searches and searches through his toys, but nothing seems just right. After a lot of thinking, he finally finds the perfect something special. Allen’s bright, hand-drawn illustrations use colors such as purple, yellow, blue, and red that really stand out. The pictures are detailed and reveal how painstakingly careful the illustrator was to make sure they fit the story. The text uses a soft font that gives a sense that everything will be OK. Kindergarteners through second graders are sure to love this book. Reviewer: Meagan Eudy; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Little Zoran is angry that his mother is traveling to New York. Even though she tries to prepare him, he is sad. She suggests that if he gives her something special of his to take along, they both might feel better. Zoran searches his room, but none of his precious toys seems just right. His eyes light up as he remembers a picture he made for her at school. They talk about how she will take the picture wherever she goes, to dinner, to the show, and to her hotel so she can see him right before she goes to sleep. The illustrations are bright and simple, and the child's facial expressions are endearing. A cat appears on each page to add a little comic relief. The pictures are large enough to make this a good read-aloud for a group. Families, especially those in which parents travel often, will relate to and find comfort in this adorable tale.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews

Iron Chef and debut children's author Cora obviously understands the challenges of the working mom. Here she addresses a son's anxiety when his mother prepares to travel for work. Mommy announces an upcoming trip, and Zoran is upset at the thought of missing her so much. She comes up with an idea: Zoran should choose "something special of [his for her] to take" on her travels so that they may "both feel better." So begins a search for the perfect item for Mommy to pack. A favorite truck is too big, and a remote-controlled robot is too noisy. Zoran is about to despair when Mommy cheers him up: " matter how high I fly or how far away I travel, my heart stays home with you." This inspires Zoran to choose a sweet picture he drew at school for his Mommy. She assures him she will keep it with her throughout her journey, and all seems amazingly well. Allen successfully depicts the vacillating moods of Zoran as well as the constant loving nature of Mommy with softened bright colors in gouache and pencil. The appeal of this well-intentioned effort is limited to those experiencing a similar situation; others will find little to entertain young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101641514
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/17/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • File size: 19 MB
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