Sunday, October 2, 2016

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 2

Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty. 
May 2016. 32 pages.

From Amazon: "Everyone in the Ellis family is excellent--except Ed. Ed wonders if this is why he isn’t allowed to eat at the table or sit on the couch with the other children. So he’s determined to find his own thing to be excellent at--only to be (inadvertently) outdone by a family member every time. Now Ed is really nervous--what if he’s not excellent enough to belong in this family? This funny and endearing story offers a subtle look at sibling rivalry and self esteem, and will reassure kids that everyone is excellent at something, and that your family loves you, just as you are."

My thoughts: If your kids have ever felt like they're not good at anything, read this book! Ed might only be a dog, but he knows he's part of the family and tries to figure out what makes him special. The ending made me smile, and I was able to start the discussion with my own kids about what they are "excellent" at doing, even if it's just the little things.

Recommended Age: 4-8 years, maybe younger as there are not many words on a page

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