Picture Book Review: The Silly Looking Thing, by Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan


 The Silly Looking Thing, by Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan

“I don’t want to be your friend because I don’t like the way you look!” That’s not a very nice thought! Unfortunately, many children have either had that thought about someone else or have been the recipient of that kind of thinking. It could have been that they were perceived as not as attractive, or of a different color, or because of a handicap. The list is endless. In this story, Itsy-Bitsy Boy Frog discovers that just because someone looks a little different than you, doesn’t mean you can’t be friends – or at least give the friendship a chance. You just might be surprised or shocked at what you find out! Little frog was! . Grades Pre-K to 2.

Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (August 1, 2012)

My Thoughts:
This is a good story about being nice to others, even when they look different than you.  While it carries a good message, I feel that the language is a bit strong for little kids.

The age group it is targeted at is Pre-K to 2.  I have a Pre-K child, and I felt like the Itsy-Bitsy Frog was a little too rude for the audience.  I could be wrong, since my daughter has not started Kindergarten yet.  I know that children can be very blunt and speak their minds, but when I read this with my daughter I felt like she picked up on the rude behavior, but not the great message behind the story.

The illustrations are lovely.  The colors are a nice, analogous scheme with pops of different color here and there.

I am giving this book 3 stars.  I liked the message and the artwork.  I wish that the message had been delivered a little differently.

About the Author:
 Eva is an author/illustrator whose main goal is to entertain and bring joy to children. She would also like to help them gain self-knowledge and an appreciation for the environment. Eva enjoys keeping and raising exotic frogs and amphibians.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    January 29, 2013 at 12:56 am

    What a great message! Too bad about it not being done like you wanted. But I would like to read books like this. Picture books should teach kids more about lessons in life.

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