Children's Literature - Dia L. MichelsTommy at the Grocery Store is not only a truly delightful book, but its message has as much meaning for adults as children. Written in verse and attractively illustrated, it tells us about a day when little Tommy loses his mother in a grocery store. At first, Tommy is mistaken for a salami, but when the mistake is uncovered, it is not corrected. Tommy finds himself repeatedly being mistaken for various goods. Tommy's mishaps revolve around him being seen for his individual parts-when a housewife notices he has eyes, she assumes he is a potato, a construction worker proclaims Tommy is a banana because he has skin. Only his mother sees him for what he is-a sweet, warm, lovable child. This book is a wonderful foray into how life is experienced, and shows us that the whole is much, much greater than the sum of its parts.
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