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Publisher: International Step-by-Step Association,
Summary: Today is Mama's birthday and Alex wants to give her a present. He has no money, so he spends the day trying to earn some, first as a musician, then washing cars. No luck! Then Alex spots the perfect gift. It's sparkly and it costs nothing. This is a story about a young boy's search for the perfect birthday present. It is available in many languages.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 9
Age of Child: Read with a nearly 7-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter liked the story. She is also fond of eating icicles, so she could relate to both the mother and Alex. In fact, her favorite part was re-enacting the scene where they lick the icicle.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story. It's one that mothers love and children can relate to. The text is effectively presented and perfect for a developing reader (first grade). The illustrations complement the story well, and add the expressions and the emotions that go unmentioned in the text.
Pros: This is a story that celebrates the love of a mother and her son. Moms will appreciate the message and kids will understand it.
Cons: None. There are no father figures in the story, including the "family portrait" that hangs on the wall.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a sweet story that you're likely to read a few times. It is a perfect candidate as a partner read.