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Author: Stephen Krensky

Illustrator: Kathi Ember

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Violet is a friendly snake who loves to play with the other animals in the forest. When spring arrives, each of her friends begins working on their Mother's Day present: a squirrel collects acorns that are just the way his mom likes them; a beaver carves a bust from a log; a bear cub was mixing honey. But what could violet do? She didn't have paws, legs, or teeth to help her. This is a book about a child's love for their mom that can be read all year long.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.4

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: At first our daughter balked at a picture book, but the instant she saw Violet, she cuddled up close to listen. She loved how the story ended and even tried to imitate Violet.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet, sweet story that all moms will love. The illustrations are bright and playful (as is Violet the snake), and the message is clear without being over the top. It's also a nice selection for kids who are getting comfortable with reading. There are lots of simple sight-words and repetition.

Pros: Creativity takes center stage in this story about a child's love for their mom.

Cons: Hopefully this won't be mistaken as "just" a book for Mother's Day.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that is great to read with young children and would make a unique, special selection for new moms or moms-to-be.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE BEST PLACE TO READ   MY MOMMY HUNG THE MOON; A Love Story   A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR MAMA (Step into Reading Series, a Step 2 Book)

Educational Themes: There are lots of ways to enjoy this book. Each of the animals comes up with a gift that doesn't cost money; and Violet is very resourceful with hers.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2011

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