A Suitcase Surprise for Mommyby Cat Cora, Joy Allen
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/i>
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.
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: "...no 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)
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.
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