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Gone, but not forgotten

The Yellow Suitcase

Written by Meera Sriram

Illustrated by Meera Sethi

Asha arrives at her grandmother’s house in India from California for her yearly visit, clutching her yellow suitcase. Each year Asha packs her suitcase with gifts for her grandmother and returns with little treasures that her grandmother has created for her. But this year the house is filled with relatives mourning her grandmother’s death. Asha struggles through her grief and becomes inconsolable until it is time to leave. She finds a wonderful gift that her grandmother has made for Asha just before she died.

This multicultural book is a colorful introduction to Indian culture and customs as well as a well-written book to help children understand the death of a close relative and the grieving process. Sethi’s hand-drawn illustrations are vivid and expressive. Perhaps the text could have been a bit larger, but the design of the book is clear and easy to read. Recommended for ages eight and older.

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A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

The Magic in You: Help Your Child Overcome Public Speaking Fears

Written by Emily Reed

When seven-year-old Liam learns from his teacher that everyone in the class will have a role in their school play, Alice in Wonderland, he is really excited. The whole family supports and encourages him. Mom sews his white rabbit costume and grandma bakes him a pie. Liam works hard to learn his lines, but the night before the play he has a nightmare that he forgets everything and everyone makes fun of him. His grandma urges him to wear a special red bow tie that will help him remember his lines. Now Liam has full confidence in himself.

This book is a good bedtime story or beginning chapter book to promote a child’s self-confidence in public speaking. I read the kindle version. The text size was a comfortable read for beginning readers. Unfortunately, the pictures were too small. Recommended as a bedtime story or beginning chapter book, especially for shy children.

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SWEET AND SIMPLE

Do it Again!/Otra Vez!

Written by Ann Morris

Illustrated by Vanessa Alexandre

What a charming read-aloud picture book for preschoolers and kindergarten children! The author recreates a special day in the life of a three-year-old which reveals how important it is for parents and extended family to create a loving environment for young children. This book is bilingual and can be used as an aid for learning English and Spanish.

How many times have you heard a young child say, “do it again?” In this story, Amy is a three-year-old who visits her Auntie Ann and Uncle Dale. They bring her on a car ride to a football game where her cousin Mike is playing in the band. The family laugh and plays all day. Uncle Dale throws Amy up in the air and makes her giggle when he speaks like Donald Duck. By the time Auntie Ann tucks Amy into bed, she is exhausted but reassured by the nurturing of her family members.

This book contains fantastic illustrations and simple dialogue that will resonate with young children. Perfect choice for a bedtime story, shared sibling read or read aloud book in the classroom. Highly recommended.

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