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“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
Summary: Mimi is a little girl (maybe 3-4 years old) who mimics everything she sees her grownups doing. Mommy throws trash in the garbage, Mimi throws her toys in the garbage. Grandma bathes the dog, Mimi washes her toys. It becomes a problem when Grandpa SLURPS his soup, and Mimi mimics the behavior. Grandma is pulling out her hair at this point. However, when Mommy comes to pick up Mimi, Grandma learns a valuable lesson: Mimi's Mommy kisses Mimi, and Mimi kisses her back, then Grandpa kisses Grandma, and Grandma kisses him back. A wonderful lesson learned. This is a simple story that lets toddlers see what grownups do and also see themselves.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 5
Age of Child: Read with boys ages 2 and 4.
Young Reader Reaction: We tend to like books with kissing at the end. :) We LOVE to mimic that behavior! Which is probably why they liked reading it over and over.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book because I could teach my older boys what our 1-year- old is doing. He mimics his brothers CONSTANTLY, so this book was a good tool to open a discussion about modeling good behavior, so that the younger sibling copies only good behavior.
Pros: This has a sweet lesson for toddlers and can be a great benefit to older siblings, too.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun read, but not one that is a long term attention grabber.
Educational Themes: Little kids mimic. It helps kids see what we do - and what they do, and also reminds parents that we need to have patience and model good behavior. Love wins at the end of the day.
Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, feelings, family, growing up, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2011
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