Encouraging the dreamer in every reader.

DREAM

WITH SESAME STREET

From the Sesame Street Scribbles series

Readers will follow their dreams when familiar Sesame Street characters, in dreamy pastels against faint outlined scenes, cheer them on.

The journey begins with defining that dream (“A dream can be big or a dream can be small. / What matters the most is to have dreams at all. / Ambitious, creative, outrageous, concrete, / or close to your heart, something simple and sweet”) and taking that scary first step. Grover, Oscar the Grouch, and Zoe offer counsel on dealing with failure (“remember you grow when you get through bad days”) and rejection (“Even if others may not think it’s best, / the road to success is your own special quest” and “You always can ask a good friend for advice, / and working together sure does feel nice!”). And of course, Cookie Monster knows “cookies and milk sweep the gray clouds away / and bring you right back to a bright sunny day.” No matter what, Bert and Ernie remind readers “if your dream seems as if it will never come true, / keep in mind you’re surrounded by those who love you.” A closing wish “that all of your dreams will come true” makes this a very positive rhyming read-aloud even if there are a few near rhymes and lines where the meter isn’t perfect.

Encouraging the dreamer in every reader. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4926-9500-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

Review Posted Online: July 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

A shining affirmation of Chinese American identity.

I AM GOLDEN

An immigrant couple’s empowering love letter to their child.

Baby Mei rests in her parents’ embrace, flanked by Chinese architecture on one side and the New York skyline on the other. She will be a bridge across the “oceans and worlds and cultures” that separate her parents from their homeland, China. Mei—a Chinese word which means beautiful—shares a name with her family’s new home: Měi Guó (America). Her parents acknowledge the hypocrisy of xenophobia: “It’s a strange world we live in—people will call you different with one breath and then say that we all look the same with the next angry breath.” Mei will have the responsibility of being “teacher and translator” to her parents. They might not be able to completely shield her from racism, othering, and the pressures of assimilation, but they can reassure and empower her—and they do. Mei and young readers are encouraged to rely on the “golden flame” of strength, power, and hope they carry within them. The second-person narration adds intimacy to the lyrical text. Diao’s lovely digital artwork works in tandem with Chen’s rich textual imagery to celebrate Chinese culture, family history, and language. The illustrations incorporate touchstones of Chinese mythology and art—a majestic dragon, a phoenix, and lotus flowers—as well as family photographs. One double-page spread depicts a lineup of notable Chinese Americans. In the backmatter, Chen and Diao relay their own family stories of immigration. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A shining affirmation of Chinese American identity. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-250-84205-3

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2022

Did you like this book?

Uncomplicated and worthwhile for any age.

THE THANKFUL BOOK

Parr focuses his simplistic childlike art and declarative sentences on gratitude for the pleasures and wonders of a child’s everyday life.

Using images of both kids and animals, each colorful scene in bold primary colors declaims a reason to be thankful. “I am thankful for my hair because it makes me unique” shows a yellow-faced child with a wild purple coiffure, indicating self-esteem. An elephant with large pink ears happily exclaims, “I am thankful for my ears because they let me hear words like ‘I love you.’ ” Humor is interjected with, “I am thankful for underwear because I like to wear it on my head.” (Parents will hope that it is clean, but potty-humor–loving children probably won’t care.) Children are encouraged to be thankful for feet, music, school, vacations and the library, “because it is filled with endless adventures,” among other things. The book’s cheery, upbeat message is clearly meant to inspire optimistic gratitude; Parr exhorts children to “remember some [things to be thankful for] every day.”

Uncomplicated and worthwhile for any age. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 16, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-316-18101-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Aug. 29, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2012

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet
more