Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Summary:

It's time to go to Grandma's house. Despite being dressed as a dragon, Arthur wasn't feeling very ferocious. He doesn't want to be away from his mom. But at Grandma's house, he can play with Huffity, her dragon toy! But then what? Grandma makes some suggestions, and as Arthur starts to get into his activity, the doorbell rings. Is it Mom? No. And so it goes throughout the day. Then, one last time, the doorbell rings. Who could it be? 


Parent Perspective:
I would give this book to every parent and grandparent of toddlers, and some preschoolers. I was a little worried when I saw the cover. because I thought Arthur was a bit too sad, but the story is excellent. The story is well paced with just the right number of interruptions that kids can feel the ups and downs of Arthur's feelings. I especially liked the realism at the end of the story. Arthur had fun and expressed his happiness, but he wasn't so over-the-top that you felt like he'd be ready to do it again tomorrow. 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will see themselves in Arthur - his fears, his joys, and his love for his mom.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. The cover has a very sad Arthur which, initially, could be disconcerting for some kids.


Type of Book:
The heart of this picture book is helping kids through feelings of being separated from a parent.
Educational Themes:

This is a book to share with a child in anticipation of a change in their routine. Arthur is expressive in his emotions (fear, happy) in both words and visually through illustrations. Together, those things not only invite conversation but can also give comfort, too.

Reading Level:
2.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
1 to 4
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a comforting read to have at home or Grandma's house.

Title I Want My Mommy!
Author Tracey Corderoy
Publisher Tiger Tales © 2013
Illustrators Alison Edgson
ISBN 9781589251304
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.95
Genres Family, Growing Up
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