CAN, JP, US, INT)
Written by: Jacqueline K. Ogburn
Illustrated by: Chris Raschka
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Published on: January 3, 2012
What's your endearment? I call adult friends hon and darling, and my kids are chibis or, inspired by a certain picture book, Stinky Face.
Both my kids and I love to hear what endearments other families have. How fabulous is this book? It teaches us just that, in a trip around the world. Sometimes simple is best, and this is really just a simple, quality book that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling.
I love the way the different languages are incorporated- they use the local characters, whether Hindi varnamala or Slovak alphabet, then an English pronunciation guide, and then a translation. I love that Ogburn included all those different characters! An extra bonus is the geographical attention paid, as Ogburn makes it clear that some countries have a number of different languages (like Eithiopia)
My son loves that some Chilean parents call their babies "little fatty" (and who doesn't love those fat pre-crawling thighs?) and my daughter was quite taken with the Finnish endearment "hug bunny". I like them all. :)
Raschka's diverse cast of kids and parents really adds to the endearing qualities of the book. So many different people with all colours and shapes of hair - and every single one is cute.
This post is for Nonfiction Monday, hosted this week by The LibrarYAn.