Rating: (1-5 5 is a starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Lucy is a little know-it-all cat. She’s very proud of the fact that she can eat with a spoon, draw perfect elephants, do gymnastics and fold perfect stars. All is well in Lucy’s perfect world until one day Toshi, a panda, shows up. Instead of somersaults, Toshi takes up yoga poses. Instead of folding paper stars, Toshi folds paper cranes. For each thing Toshi does differently, Lucy is right there to say “That’s NOT how you do it.” Not until Toshi teaches Lucy how to make a crane, does Lucy finally realize that there isn’t one perfect way to do things in this world. It’s a great book to help children realize that people from other countries sometimes do things differently from the way they do, but that’s not necessarily wrong. The illustrations are expressive and eye-catching.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.
To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This book is recommended for children ages 3-8. It’s a wonderful book to read to a kindergarten class to help children recognize and accept others differences.
Who should buy this book? all libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.
Date of review: Nov. 17, 2016