I would like to say a special thank you to Candlewick Press for sending us these two books to review.
This topic is also important to me as a mother. We are lucky to live in an incredibly diverse city, and I do what I can to introduce my son to the different cultures and people that live all around us. I think that featuring different cultures in books is incredibly important. First, because it gives more children books to connect with. If they are able to find a character they can relate with then they're more likely to develop a love of reading. Second, because it helps expand the minds of the young readers. They're able to learn about how there are many kinds of people in a positive way.
Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel
For kids who march to their own drummer or are especially attached to a comfort object here is a completely adorable character who wears his singularity in style.
Jameson only ever wears green pants. When he wears green pants, he can do anything. But if he wants to be in his cousin s wedding, he s going to have to wear a tuxedo, and that means black pants. It s an impossible decision: Jameson would love nothing more than to be in his cousin's wedding, but how can he not wear green pants? Will Jameson turn down this big honor, or will he find a way to make everyone happy, including himself? In this pitch-perfect ode to individualism, acclaimed author-illustrator Kenneth Kraegel creates a character readers of all ages can root for whatever color pants they wear."
I REALLY REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK! I like it too much. I thought it was so funny. I had to read it again and again because I liked it so much.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash.
Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he s a great jumper, so he s not scared at all. "Looks easy," says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can't help but root for."
When I got home from school and saw this book on my desk I was really excited and I grabbed it and started reading it. It looked so cool! I really liked the pictures and the story was so good.
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