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THE LITTLE POT

Author: Dawn Stephens

Illustrator: Dawn Stephens

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Publisher: bPlus Books, a Division of Bumble Bee Productions,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The potter had a special workshop for all of his creations. Everything he molded on his pottery wheel was special. One day, he created Little Pot. Little Pot was very curious. What would he be? Whenever the potter put something inside, Little Pot was convinced he had found his calling. He was doing his very best, but the potter would change his mind and he would be empty again. When the potter added dirt and a blooming plant, Little Pot was excited ... but then the flowers died and he was worried. If he can't be a flower pot, what could he be? This is a picture book story that blends a child's natural anticipation to know everything NOW with a little mystery.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, easy reader, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.4

Age of Child: Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter fell in love with Little Pot as soon as she saw the cover. "Look mom, he has eyes ... isn't he cute?" She carried the book around and just flipped through the pages. She has gotten in the habit of reading the ending first, but even though she knew the ending, we read (and re-read) this book several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story. There is just enough tension to keep kids guessing, but not so drawn out that they have to wait forever to find out what happens. Kids will instantly relate to Little Pot, particularly as it jumps to grab onto each thing as "the answer" it was looking for.

Pros: Cute illustrations and a clever twist combine in this story about faith, trust, and destiny.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a timeless story. You'll read it with your kids when they're young and then give it to them when they graduate from high school!

If You Liked This Book, Try: Oh, The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss LITTLE RUTH REDDINGFORD AND THE WOLF   RUBY LEE THE BUMBLE BEE; A BEE OF POSSIBILITY   VEGETABLE DREAMS HUERTO SONADO

Educational Themes: There are lots of ways to enjoy this book. Just looking at the cover, it would be fun to ask kids whether the pot is a girl or a boy, and then at each stop along the way, see if they change their mind (based on the job the pot does). There are also deeper lessons about trust, service, faith, curiosity, being/doing your best, accepting what you have, being positive, and dreams coming true (though that last one is not a direct lesson).

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, life lessons, Christian

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2009

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