Monday, March 10, 2014

Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon

"Meet Chopsticks! They've been best friends forever. But one day, this inseparable pair comes to a fork in the road. And for the very first time, they have to figure out how to function apart. From New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and rising artistic talent Scott Magoon, this witty and inventive tale celebrates both independence and the unbreakable bonds of friendship." (Description from

There are some children's books that you read and think I'm going to poke my eye out if I have to read this one more time. Then there are children's books that you read and think, how could someone be this clever? With our little one, E, we read a lot of books. So much so that when they had a challenge of 1000 books before Kindergarten, we finished it in three months. Mostly her asking for more books to read and us saying, we've read 20 today, no more! We went from reading cute board books to short picture books to full story picture books and now on to chapter books that have some pictures and had reached 5000 books under two years.

As you can imagine, when we come across a book that is fun to read for both child and adult, we hold on to it with both hands begging her to let us read it again and not the other way around. The funny play of words and cute illustrations make Chopsticks a good, fun read. What makes this a great read is the storytelling for children to understand that while you may have another half that you do everything with or even depend on (ie. sibling, parent, or friend), you can find yourself and your talents by yourself as well. I feel that's a great lesson for children to explore and learn. 

If you have a young child in your life make sure to check this one out. It's well worth the read (over and over and over and over again)!

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