Monday, August 12, 2013

Spoon and Chopsticks

When your children are young and aren't reading yet, your quest for children's literature can be challenging because books should not only appeal to them but also to you -- the reader!  When my daughter, Molly, likes a book, we read it over and over again, perhaps fifty times in a week. So you better believe that I search for books that I am also going to enjoy.

It's not too hard to find books that I enjoy though.  My name is Libby and I am a children's literature fanatic. Miss Nancy and her staff at The Storybook Shoppe in Bluffton, SC recommend hundreds of books to me and my family and this blog is dedicated to sharing them with you!  If you like the recommendations and reviews on this blog, you can buy the books right here without leaving your computer or mobile device. How 2013 of us!  We hope that you will forward this new blog and share this with your friends!

Enter Spoon and Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Scott Magoon for my first review post. These books are the perfect mixture of entertainment for children and adults.  Both have valuable messages about embracing yourself and your talents, and asserting one's independence.   A good message is always a bonus.

Spoon is feeling "bent out of shape" and "blue" (as he sits in a pile of blueberries) because he is envious of his other friends, knife and fork, who get to do all sorts of things that he doesn't get to do.  Knife gets to cut and spread, fork never goes stir crazy because she gets to go everywhere (in a piece of cake, a bowl of spaghetti, a salad...) and Chopsticks are so exotic!  Spoon's understanding mother patiently listens to him, empathizes and validates his thoughts, but then points out all the things that he gets to do that the other utensils don't get to do.  Knife doesn't get to dive into a bowl of ice cream!  After some gentle convincing, Spoon realizes how lucky he is and he feels so alive!

It's a message of staying true to who you are and appreciating all that you are good at and have.  Kids will love the illustrations and adults will love pun after pun geared towards them.

Real Simple magazine called this a "soon to be classic children's book" and the New York Times Book Review can't get enough of Amy Krouse Rosenthal who is an accomplished children's author.  You can watch the animated trailer of Spoon here.

Chopsticks, also written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon, is the companion book to Spoons.  It's "not exactly a sequel to Spoon. More like a change in place setting."   Chopsticks are attached at the hip and do everything together until one chopstick gets hurt!  The hurt chopstick encourages his friend to go out and experience new things without him!  Chopstick learns that he can do great things without his friend and he goes off for adventure after adventure.   Once again, this book is loaded with great puns for adults.  (We like the whisk who quickly whisks away the injured Chopstick!)  And it's a fantastic message for kids that they can go experience new things independently. 

Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe recommended Spoon and Chopsticks to my family last year and we simply adore it. Molly never tires of both stories and as she gets older, she seems to be catching on to the humor of it all.  She even says "ta-ta darling" like Spoons fancy silver grandmother.

Pick up your copies of Spoon and Chopsticks right here and support The Storybook Shoppe.  Just check out through Paypal and we will ship it directly to your home within a few days.   Support The Storybook Shoppe, Bluffton South Carolina's first independent children's book store!

Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, $16.99 plus $5.00 shipping

Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, $16.99 plus $5.00 shipping

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