Marcella Marino Craver, MSEd, CAS, Author
Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, Illustrator
Magination Press, Fiction, Sep. 15, 2014
Suitable for Ages: 4-7
Themes: Love, Mother and child relationship, Behavior, Favoritism
Opening: “Joey kept thinking the same unpleasant thing over and over. He thought of it at night. He thought of it in school. He even thought of it while eating ice cream at the park! Finally, he thought: just ask Mom! But could he?”
Synopsis: Joey is worried his mother prefers his siblings over him. After all, Joey is daring, curious and mischievous. He just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, unlike his older brother and younger sister. He wonders if his mother has a favorite child and if there is anything about him for his mother to love. He gather his courage and writes a series of hand-written notes to his mom that will put a smile on your face.
Why I like this book:
- The author tackles a classic and worrisome question for children with humor, imagination and reassurance. Does my mother favor my brother or sister over me? Am I good enough? Does she love me as much as she does them? Especially if you are Joey and make a lot of messes, break toys, paint the walls, cut the dog’s hair and test your mother’s patience.
- This delightful book serves as a wonderful reminder of parental unconditional love. How many times I remember saying to my daughter, “I may not like your behavior or what you have done, but I always love you no matter what.”
- It subtly emphasizes that breaking rules and independence are an important part of a child’s development.
- Parents will find this book serves as a great tool to discuss the meaning of unconditional love with their child.
- Joanne Lew-Vriethoff’s lively, expressive and whimsical illustrations are colorful and done in pen and ink. They perfectly capture the theme of the story. The cover is a great example.
Resources: The one thing I like about books published by Magination Press is they have excellent resources and activities for parents and readers at the end. This book is no exception.
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