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Publisher: Clarion Books, a Houghton Mifflin Imprint
Material: hard cover
Summary: Anna gets angry when Mama says no to all of her after-school ideas. So she decides that it's better for Daddy to help with all that she needs. But when it comes time for bed, and Daddy tries to read Mama's story, Anna realizes Mama's important, too. This is a story that helps kids understand moods (other than their own).
Type of Reading: anytime reading, read aloud, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Reading Level: 2.5
Age of Child: Started reading at 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He selected this from the shelf in the library and we sat and read it several times in succession. After bringing it home, s/he wanted Daddy to read it to her!
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story that reminded me that moods do rub off and get imitated. It also helped reinforce that we need to remind our children that a bad mood doesn't change one's love.
Pros: The illustrations are expressive without being overbearing, and the story moves along well. Preschoolers and elementary aged children will definitely understand the message.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a good one for parents to pull of the shelves for themselves, not just the kids.
Educational Themes: This one is all about emotion. It is a great story for explaining moods, recognizing and helping others on a bad day, and (most importantly) that a mood doesn't change a parent's love.