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A Mother for Choco Board book – September 29, 2003
Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn't meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn't even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she's his mother-but then she starts to do just the things a mommy might do. And when she brings him home, he meets her other children-a piglet, a hippo, and an alligator-and learns that families can come in all shapes and sizes and still fit together.
Keiko Kasza's twist on the "Are you my mother?" theme has become one of the most highly recommended stories about adoption for children.
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"Just right for the preschool group or beginning reader." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Cheerful, energetic . . . An excellent choice for storytime." --School Library Journal, starred review
"A profound message, endearingly and subtly delivered. An ideal choice for adopted or foster children." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
After publishing five children's books in Japan and working as a graphic designer for fourteen years, Ms. Kasza decided in 1988 to devote her time to picture books. She says, "Having two small boys and two professions was too much to handle."
Ms. Kasza admires many great picture-book creators, such as Leo Lionni and Maurice Sendak, but says that the work of Arnold Lobel has influenced her the most. The subtle humor and warmth he created in his books continues to inspire me," she says. "I often go back to his work when I get discouraged or lose confidence."
Ms. Kasza compares the process of making a book to acting on stage under the lights:
"I become the character that I'm working on at that moment. I pretend that I'm a bird looking for a mother, or a pig trying to impress his girlfriend. When I'm acting, I'm a child myself."
Ms. Kasza's ambition is not to create a hundred books, but to "create one really good book that will be kept on the family bookshelves for generations, although a hundred really good books would be even better, of course!"
Keiko Kasza lives in Indiana with her husband and two sons.
copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; Board Book ed. edition (September 29, 2003)
- Language : English
- Board book : 30 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399241914
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399241918
- Reading age : 1 - 3 years
- Lexile measure : 390L
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.86 x 5.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #712,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By LauraLolli on July 28, 2020
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Great story about adoption where little Chocco starts by looking for his mum and ends up being accepted into a family where all the children are a different animal to the mum. It’s a very sweet and heart warming story. My favourite of all the children books I’ve read so far.
Would highly recommend and probably buy as gifts for friends.
Delightful illustrations with a happy ending, we got this as we're adopting and wanted our children to feel like any other kid.
However, it hits right in the feels and I end up a mess reading it. Fabulous.
Ultimately it's a simple, if slightly oblique story of adoption. The real question is whether your child will like the story. I can only say that my daughter loves the story of Choco. It was the first book my daughter wanted me to read to her at night and, it was at her insistence that I then read it to her every night for four months. For my daughter the regular repetition of Choco was probably comforting, I am not sure I can echo her sentiment.
Given my daughter's view, I am a strong advocate of the book. However I am delighted that in the last three weeks my daughter has finally stoppped asking for me to read Choco at bedtime and is wanting to hear new stories.