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Israeli author Vered Kaminsky is a teacher of Communication and Cinematography as well as an author of children’s books that are both entertaining for young readers as well as easily absorbed lessons about habits and behaviors that may need altering. She is accompanied in this book by illustrator Sara Bat-Or.
Vered sets the tone for her fine story with the following – ‘When Dana was a baby, she had pacifiers in all kinds of colours – yellow, blue, purple, red, and green – and if your searched her very well, you could find a pacifier that changes its colour at night. But Dana did not want any of these pacifiers. Dana only wanted her finger.’ And from that starting point we follow Dana’s progress from infant to kindergarten student – still with her finger in her mouth! Her mother suggests ways – good plans – for Dana to avoid putting her finger in her mouth, but Dana’s bad habit persists until one day she noticed her finger was wrinkled and ugly – a turning point for Dana - and with her mother’s guidance – and new plans - she eventually is able to break her bad habit, and smile, and by first grade she is ‘cured.’
Vered’s mission to inform children and their parents about the dangers and consequences of finger sucking is well accomplished in this interactive story. This is both a fine story and a PLAN! Recommended. Grady Harp, March 20 This book is free to borrow from Kindle Unlimited
When Dana is little, it's cute when she sucks on her thumb. When she's six years old and still doing it, however, it's not so cute anymore, but try as she might, she just can't stop. Then her mom comes up with an idea-- every day Dana doesn't suck her thumb, she can put a sticker on a special calendar chart, and if she can make it an entire week she gets a price! Will Dana succeed in breaking the habit for herself?
This book is a cute story about perseverance that children will appreciate if they've had trouble keeping their thumbs out of their mouths. The bright, colorful artwork make it easy for young ones to follow along. I can highly recommend Dana's Finger is Set Free to any parent looking for a way to get their kid to stop sucking their thumb.
In “Dana’s Finger is set free,” Vered Kaminsky addresses a problem that virtually every parent and child face, the sucking of the child’s thumb. Sara Bat-Or illustrates it very nicely. It is a book that every parent and child should read or have the book read to the child. The story is interesting and fun to read, the message is significant and perhaps even lifesaving. Sucking the thumb can lead not only to crooked teeth but to unwanted future behavior, such as the need to put something in one’s mouth, perhaps cigarettes. In this age of coronavirus, it can lead to a serious illness. In the story, the young child fails to give up her habit of thumb sucking. But then her mother thinks of an idea that may work. And it does. It is an idea that other parents will want to adopt.