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Author: Karen Katz

Illustrator: Karen Katz

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Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A toddler is asking to be called by a certain name. She describes herself and tells her parents about the names she does not want to be called anymore. When her parents call her Princess Baby and treat her special, she is happy. This is a story that opens the door for kids to talk about how they feel about nicknames.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Although my daughter picked this book, she wasn't interested in reading it more than once. She probably picked it because she liked that everything was bright and/or pink. She sympathized with the girl, because people have called her some of these names.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a collection of names. There is no real story. There was nothing bad about the story, but it was mostly about the fact that families use different names to show they love you.

Pros: Kids will enjoy this book of pet names (many of which they've probably heard themselves). It helps them understand what nicknames are and why people use them.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book for engaging kids in conversations that go beyond a book. Once discussed, though, you probably won't read it again.


Educational Themes: Not all kids like to have nicknames. You can engage kids in a great conversation about their own feelings. Ask them what they want to be called even if they seem to young to care. You might be surprised. It also offers a way to talk about how other people feel when you call them names, even if you mean well.

Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from her local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2008

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