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Summary: Grandfather Lolo is a fisherman who loves sardines, but Grandmother Lola does not like them at all. One day when she was fishing for sardines for Lolo, Lola falls into the ocean. Luckily, Jeff the magical octopus is there to help. He gives her a home in his belly and she learns to love sardines. The only problem is that she and Lolo miss each other terribly. When Lolo cries a river of tears, he floats into the ocean and is reunited with both of his loves: Lola and sardines.
This is a combination fable and fairy tale for young readers.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 7
Age of Child: read with children ages 3 and 5.
Young Reader Reaction: I picked Sardines of Love the first time. The kids asked for it a few times after that. They really liked it, especially my daughter. The three year old was not as interested, but they thought that Jeff was really funny. I was surprised how much my children liked this. I thought it would be too esoteric for my daughter (5), but it wasn't.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book, too. The illustrations are really well done. The parts with Jeff the magical octopus were some of my favorites. The narrative didn't really grab me, but my daughter liked it.
Pros: The illustrations are simple but arresting. Combine them with unexpected narrative turns and you have a whopper of a tale!
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. We would check out Sardines of Love from the library, but did not like it well enough to buy it.
Educational Themes: This is a fun story to share with young readers. With upper elementary students, you can explore the genres of fables, fairy tales, and fish stories.
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, fables and folklore, fairy tale
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews at barnesandnoble.com. No reader feedback found.