Federica by Scot Ritchie

   Federica by Scot Ritchie, Groundwood Books, 9781554989683,  2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Although Federica lived in a very happy, loving household, her house was a mess. Everyone had smiles on their faces as they went about their daily tasks, mom on the computer, dad with a telescope in the kitchen and little baby brother sitting in a basket drinking his bottle. Federica escaped to the park to get away from the mess and one day she had a brilliant idea. She invited all her animal friends home and while she took her family on an outing to the park, the animals cleaned up the house. Her family realized that a clean, organized house was wonderful and from that day on, the family cleaned together before they each set off on their own. I liked how the tasks of cleaning were shared and didn’t  fall on the mother’s shoulders. Another aspect of the book I liked was how Federica was able to find peace in nature when her home life was chaotic.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 2-5

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary school libraries, day care centers

Where would you shelve it? Picture 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, DC.

Date of review: July 17, 2017


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