Would I Trade My Parents?

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Full of fun, whimsical details and a relatable cast of characters, Would I Trade My Parents? will resonate with parents and kids alike, as readers remember why they would never trade their parents for the world!
 
What child hasn’t thought about trading his or her parents for the ones next door? Who wouldn’t be discouraged if their parents didn’t allow them to have pets ...

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Overview

Full of fun, whimsical details and a relatable cast of characters, Would I Trade My Parents? will resonate with parents and kids alike, as readers remember why they would never trade their parents for the world!
 
What child hasn’t thought about trading his or her parents for the ones next door? Who wouldn’t be discouraged if their parents didn’t allow them to have pets or go camping or drink chocolate milk before dinner?
 
In the newest picture book by New York Times #1 bestselling author Laura Numeroff, a little boy ponders why his friends’ parents are so special and why sometimes he wishes he could trade . . . But then he remembers his very own parents and all the amazing things that only they know how to do—like the way they always read with him or leave notes in his lunch box or take him on family bike rides. In fact, his parents are the best of all!

F&P level: K

F&P genre: RF

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What child hasn’t indulged in the delicious treachery of wishing for different parents? The young narrator in this reverie considers how good some of his friends have it, with parents who are more lenient (Katie’s “let her watch TV until eight o’clock”), more adventurous (avid campers and convertible owners) or more handy (a plumber, an architect, a hairstylist). The boy even entertains envy for a kid whose parents are divorced: mom is a pet shop owner and dad makes sure “they have a great time when they’re together.” But in the end, the narrator sticks with the thoughtful, attentive pair he was issued at birth, because “I KNOW they’re the best!” Grown-up readers may find that wrapup immensely reassuring, and everyone will enjoy Bernardin’s lively slice-of-life drawings, which have touches of Mad magazine–style exaggeration. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A nameless bespectacled boy recites the virtues of his friends' parents. Jason's dad builds houses, and his mom makes blueberry pancakes. Katie's mom is a dentist who drives a convertible, and her dad is an eye doctor. Katie is allowed to watch TV until 8 p.m. Sydney's mom is a hairdresser; her dad is a plumber. They square dance in the basement. And so on. The narrator wishes that his parents would do all these things. Finally he describes his parents. Mom teaches French and the piano and plays duets with him. Dad is a writer who talks to his son about everything. Mom puts notes in his lunchbox, and Dad reads to him every night. On weekends, they all go for bike rides. So no, the boy would not want to trade them. "I KNOW they're the best!" The illustrations are large and clear, made with acrylics and a digital paint program. They simply illustrate the text; there's nothing extra to peruse. This is a straightforward retelling of a common childhood exercise in wishful thinking.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
The grass is always greener in other kids' families...or is it? Jason wouldn't trade his parents; his dad builds houses and his mom loves staying home to take care of the family. Kate's mom is a dentist who drives a big convertible and her father's a happy eye doctor; she gets to stay up till 8:00 watching television. Thus does the (unnamed) narrator admiringly examine the families of several of his friends. His own parents? His mother is a French teacher who also plays the piano-sometimes they play duets-and his dad is a writer who works at home and takes him on nature walks. Would he trade them? Bernardin's detailed acrylics effectively evoke a spectrum of interesting family lives and include an African-American and an Asian-American family, and Numeroff's prose is clean and direct; the refrain, "He/she thinks they're the best," is a pleasing one. But her title/premise is an odd and potentially off-putting device to launch this overview of family diversity, which, in its focus on middle-class happy families, ends up not much of an exploration. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810906372
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,000,957
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of The Jellybeans and the Big Dance, When Sheep Sleep, and the If You Give a . . . series. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
 
James Bernardin is the illustrator of the bestselling The Legend of the Candy Cane. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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