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MIMI SAYS NO (Family Home Stories)

Author: Yih-Fen Chou

Illustrator: Chih Yuan Chen

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Publisher: Heryin Books, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Mommy wants to help Mimi get dressed, pour her milk, and other things, but Mimi says "No! I want to do it myself!" Each time, something bad happens -- such as spilled milk. Finally, Mommy wants to give Mimi a hug -- Mimi says "NO!... I want to give Mommy a hug!" This is a story that helps kids understand growing up isn't easy ... and reminds parents not to jump to conclusions.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 1.6

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: I don't know how my children liked this book because I refused to read it to them more than the one time.

Adult Reader Reaction: I hated this book. I did not want to show my children a little girl talking back to her Mommy, yelling "NO!" and consequently making a mess. This little girl was bossing her Mother around and being quite rude and obnoxious, not a role model for my children, even if it's painted in a positive light. Even at the end, when the author is trying to bring it to a happy ending, the book has a slight edge, with the girl still being bossy and controlling about her affection. It left me with a sick feeling to my stomach. This little girl's behavior was not atypical of small children, but not one I want to highlight in any positive light.

Pros: The illustrations are simple, but it takes a very savvy child to understand and separate the story from real life.

Cons: This is an awful role model for a child. Kids imitate what they see and hear, and it would take a lot of countering not to reinforce this as acceptable.

Borrow or Buy: Skip. The companion book Mimi Loves to Mimic is wonderfully sweet, but this is not a good complement to that.


Educational Themes: If you want explicit examples to contrast with what is acceptable behavior, you can use this book.

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 series, emotions, family, growing up, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2011

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