Saturday, January 16, 2016
Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you two picture books from Little Brown & Co. Books for Young Readers.
Daddies know all kinds of fun words, but how can a kid know which words are good and which ones are BAD? In this refreshingly authentic story that will resonate with every modern family, one little girl takes Daddy's accidental language lessons to school...and learns a very different lesson from her teacher! -- Little Brown
DADDY SAID A WORD I NEVER HEARD by Scott M. Cohn is a great book for kids and parents! Unfortunately, I think it resonated all too well with me. I've been known to drop a bad word or two when things don't go exactly as planned, and I remember all too well when my kids repeated them back to me.
In DADDY SAID A WORD I NEVER HEARD, one little girl hears her father utter an expletive when he hits his finger with a hammer. When things don't go quite right at school, she says the same word much to the surprise of her teacher. The teacher sits her down and asks where I heard it; and of course, she tells her the story about her father and the hammer.
Getting a stern talking to from her teacher causes the little girl to realize that there have been quite a few times when she's heard these strange utterances -- like when her dad has friends over, or when the entire show doesn't record on the DVR, etc. How is she supposed to know what words are okay to say?
I thought DADDY SAID A WORD I NEVER HEARD was adorable... and pretty silly. Naturally, the author of a picture book doesn't use the foul language. Rather, he uses terms for Swedish furniture; and for some reason, I found this very funny! But all joking aside, there is a good message in this book for both parents and kids.
Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, Todd reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them. An invaluable resource for life's toughest moments. -- Little Brown
THE GOODBYE BOOK by Todd Parr is a wonderful picture book that helps children cope with the loss of someone special. Mr. Parr uses the loss of a pet fish to show that it's normal to feel sad and confused when you say goodbye. But he also reminds children that there will always be someone to support you... and that it's important to remember all the good times you shared.
I think most of you are probably familiar with Mr. Parr's terrific children's books and his adorable illustrations. In the case of THE GOODBYE BOOK, he's really done something special. This book is extremely important and I know parents and children alike will embrace it's powerful message.
I love THE GOODBYE BOOK and actually wish I'd had it when my kids were younger.
Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copies of these books.
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