Author: Cornelia Maude Spelman
Illustrated by: Kathy Parkinson
Paperback: 32 page(s)
Age Range: 4 - 7
Ontario curriculum: Language - Reading...Social Studies - People and Environments
Young children often experience anxiety when they are separated from their mothers or fathers. In this story a young guinea pig expresses her distress when her mother and father go away. But she eventually finds ways to deal with it.
From The Critics:
In this picture book, Spelman offers support for children with separation anxiety and, in a note to parents and teachers, practical advice for helping kids cope. A little guinea pig narrates, telling her parents how she feels and how she comforts herself when they leave her at day care or with a babysitter. She even mentions how unsettling a parent's business trip can be. While acknowledging anger and sadness, the text and illustrations show the little guinea pig moving beyond her initial despondency into play, laughter, and good times, including the happiness of being reunited. Few picture books deal with this common childhood trial in such a helpful way, acknowledging the emotions and providing reassurance. The lively illustrations feature lively line drawings washed with warm, glowing colors are drawn with a keen eye for the child's world. A good resource for parents and a natural choice for children who will take comfort in finding their emotions mirrored in a picture books.