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Londyn and Jovie love to read! Below is a video book review for a series they’ve created called Watch Learn Read. In this edition, the girls talk about what they loved about Jessie Sima’s books, Not Quite Narwhal and Harriet gets Carried Away.
PARENT NOTE: Hi there! I will occasionally be posting a parent note for the books the girls review, giving my feedback on the stories.
First, let me just say that the illustrations are AMAZING. Sima is such a talented illustrator, as well as author. When Jovie circled Not Quite Narwhal on the Scholastic order form, I was super excited. When the order finally arrived, I was anxious to get my hands on this book. I opened it up and flipped the pages. I got to the first page of the story…OMG! It was the cutest thing ever! Seriously, when I saw the picture of a baby unicorn-narwhal, I think let out happy cries! Needless to say, I read the book from cover to cover before my daughter even had a chance. Of course, I read it to her shortly thereafter. Anyway, this adorable tale of a unicorn who grows up believing he is a narwhal will show kids they can be whoever (or whatever) they want no matter who (or what) they were born as. It is a story of finding oneself as well as understanding and accepting others.
Now, on to Harriet gets Carried Away. So, I got this book yesterday at Barnes and Noble on my self-proclaimed “Mommy snow day.” That’s a day when the kids have school but Mommy has a snow day because the school where she works is closed. Woohoo! Anyway, FABULOUS as expected! This costume-wearing character is incredibly lovable (especially when you can’t see her head over the deli counter). Cuteness overload! But seriously, I LOVE ♥ the diversity in this book. Harriet is the daughter of two dads who happen to be an interracial couple. Phenomenal! In addition, I love that Harriet demonstrates both enthusiasm and determination. And those penguins…ah, penguins, enough said!
I recommend both of these picture books for any young child’s library as do Londyn and Jovie. Both girls enjoyed reading about Harriet’s adventure and fell in love with the unicorn under the sea. Check out their review here:
You can find out more about Jessie Sima by visiting her website.