Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A Unique Mother

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Katy No-Pocket
Author: Emmy Payne
Illustrated: H.A. Rey
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 0395137179
Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication Date: 12/01/1973
Age Range: 5-8 years
Grade Range: Grades K-3

I love this book. Katy No-Pocket is not your typical kangaroo mother and this doesn't sit well with her. Through conversations with animal mothers of all types, she comes to learn the impossibility of being exactly like others in style or method. She begins to appreciate that her parenting can be just as effective as that of kangaroos with pouches.

There is so much to learn from this book: general knowledge about animals, the diversity of life and lifestyles, the importance of seeking help in times of trouble and the value of self-esteem.

For my own part, not being a biological mother, I can relate to Katy No-Pocket: there may come a time when an adoptive mother feels inadequate or harbours doubts about her abilities versus those of biological mothers; this amazing picture book illustrates that biology isn't necessary in tending to the needs of one's children or in loving them.

If the illustrations seem somewhat familiar, they are the creations of none other than one half of the team responsible for Curious George. The pictures possess the same colour range and style in the detail.

My own little one is too young to appreciate it fully but I intend to introduce it to her as soon as possible.

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