mother's day surprise

Summary:

Violet is a friendly snake who loves to play with the other animals in the forest. When spring arrives, each of her friends begins working on their Mother's Day present: a squirrel collects acorns that are just the way his mom likes them; a beaver carves a bust from a log; a bear cub was mixing honey. But what could violet do? She didn't have paws, legs, or teeth to help her.

Educational Themes:

There are lots of ways to enjoy this book. Each of the animals comes up with a gift that doesn't cost money; and Violet is very resourceful with hers.

Reading Level:
2.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that is great to read with young children and would make a unique, special selection for new moms or moms-to-be.
Little Kid Reaction

At first our daughter balked at a picture book, but the instant she saw Violet, she cuddled up close to listen. She loved how the story ended and even tried to imitate Violet.

Parent Reaction

This is a sweet, sweet story that all moms will love. The illustrations are bright and playful (as is Violet the snake), and the message is clear without being over the top. It's also a nice selection for kids who are getting comfortable with reading. There are lots of simple sight-words and repetition.

Pros:

Creativity takes center stage in this story about a child's love for their mom.

Cons:

Hopefully this won't be mistaken as "just" a book for Mother's Day.


Title Mother's Day Surprise
About
Author Stephen Krensky
Publisher Two Lions © 2010
Illustrators Kathi Ember
ISBN 9780761456339
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Animal Characters, Family, Picture Book
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