Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? Papa is an elderly man who lives alone. Every day he follows the same routine of household tasks and a trip into town, where he window-shops and has lunch at his favorite dumpling restaurant. But Thursdays are special. On Thursday, instead of window-shopping, he makes a purchase at the craft store, and then gets two orders of dumplings to go. When he goes home, his little granddaughter comes to visit, and they share lunch and make a butterfly kite. Then they help each other into their coats and go outside to fly it, both happily agreeing that “Thursdays are my favorite days.” This simple, sweet picture book is very appealing with its gentle text and slow pace. The artwork is terrific – watercolor and cut paper are used to create each scene with meticulous attention to detail, from the shadows on the ground to the pictures on the wall in Papa’s bedroom. The illustrations are formatted in panels, and speech bubbles are used for the dialogue between all the characters, creating an easy-to-read, accessible family story. Families will enjoy the heartwarming bond between Papa and his grandchild.
Anything you didn’t like about it? no
To whom would you recommend this book? Early childhood and primary grade teachers will find this a welcome addition when teaching units on family; parents and, especially grandparents, will love sharing it with their little ones and talking about their own family connections and traditions.
Who should buy this book? Preschools, elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Leigh King, Lincoln St. Elementary School, Northborough, Mass.
Date of review: 9/20/19