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A Mother for Choco (Paperstar) Paperback – March 19, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paperstar
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (March 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698113640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698113640
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 7.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K --Fans of Kasza's previous picture books will welcome this latest effort. Cheerful, energetic illustrations decorate the simple but charming taleof a youngster's search for a loving parent. A chubby-faced yellow bird with blue-striped feet, Choco believes that physical similarity is a prerequisite for family relationships. He asks a series of animals who bear even the slightest resemblance to him if they might be his mother, but all turn him away. Discouraged by their rejection, Choco is pleasantly surprised when Mrs. Bear takes an interest in him, plays with and cuddles him, and ultimately offers him a home. The presence of other ``adoptees'' is made obvious as a young alligator, hippopotamus, and pig welcome Choco into his new family. The endearing watercolor paintings are bold and bright enough to appeal to the very youngest listeners, and there is a wealth of character and personality evident in the animals' expressions. These pictures, along with the minimal, repetitive text, make this an excellent choice for storytime use. The emphasis on caring and sharing despite superficial differences will surely find a wide audience. A multicultural message may also be read into this satisfying story with appealing illustrations and a very happy ending. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

The talented creator of The Wolf's Chicken Stew (1987 ALA Notable) provides a warmhearted contemporary surprise ending for the time-honored formula of a little creature searching the animal kingdom for its appropriate mother. Choco, a small yellow bird with a big blue bill, tries a giraffe (she has no wings, she says), a penguin (no ``big round cheeks''), and a walrus, but no one seems to look just like him. Comfortable Mrs. Bear is wiser: ``If you had a mommy, what would she do?'' And since she's quite able to hold him and kiss him, regardless of appearances, he's soon the new member of her happy family--joining the little pig, hippo, and alligator already in her affectionate brood. The timely point is hardly subtle, but it's made with notable good humor, especially in Kasza's marvelous animal caricatures of comically human states of mind. Just right for the preschool group or beginning reader. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Keiko Kasza was born on a small Japanese island in the Inland Sea of Japan. She grew up in a typical Japanese extended family with her parents, two brothers, and grandparents. Uncles, aunts, and cousins also lived nearby. "All the steps I took growing up were very normal," Ms. Kasza says. "The only unusual thing I did was go to college in the United States." She graduated with a degree in graphic design from California State University at Northridge. Ms. Kasza married an American, and the United States has been her home ever since.After publishing five children's books in Japan and working as a graphic designer for fourteen years, Ms. Kasza decided in 1988 to devote her time to picture books. She says, "Having two small boys and two professions was too much to handle."Ms. Kasza admires many great picture-book creators, such as Leo Lionni and Maurice Sendak, but says that the work of Arnold Lobel has influenced her the most. The subtle humor and warmth he created in his books continues to inspire me," she says. "I often go back to his work when I get discouraged or lose confidence."Ms. Kasza compares the process of making a book to acting on stage under the lights:"I become the character that I'm working on at that moment. I pretend that I'm a bird looking for a mother, or a pig trying to impress his girlfriend. When I'm acting, I'm a child myself."Ms. Kasza's ambition is not to create a hundred books, but to "create one really good book that will be kept on the family bookshelves for generations, although a hundred really good books would be even better, of course!"Keiko Kasza lives in Indiana with her husband and two sons.

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My 2.5 year old daughter (adopted from Guatamala) and I LOVE to read this book.
N. Dutton
After being read the book just a few times, my daughter had most of it memorized and loved talking about what happened in the book (at random times).
crystal
This is an awesome book about adoption and is a great way to introduce all children to the diversity of families.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Catty on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We wanted to teach our Korean born son very early about the nature of adopted families. We wished to impress on him from the start that families are people who live together and love each other, not just those who look like each other. There are very, very few toddler friendly books on the topic of inter-racial adoption, and this one is simply excellent. It uses simple language and cute pictures that any young child will enjoy.(It's also a great book to give your children's friends as gifts to help them understand why their buddy looks different.) After three years with this book, I still can't read it out loud to my son without crying at the end! If you're still looking for another book, I also highly suggest "Horace".
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By m.m. on August 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A Mother for Choco is a story about a lonely, little bird who goes in search of a mother. He asked all kinds of animals about his mother, but unfortunately, nobody looked just like him. Eventually, he finds someone who is just like a mother to him, even though she doesn't look like Choco, and his is very happy. This book does an excellent job of explaining the touchy subject of foster/adopted children. Since the book uses animals to describe this relationship, children may have a better understanding of this type of situation and be more accepting of it. It may also help foster/adopted children to accept their own situations as well as explain it to others. It is a very easy book to read and it creates a warm, satisfying feeling with its readers. The illustrations adequately depict the story and keep the reader's attention. Younger students especially seem to relate to Choco, whether they are in the same situation or not. They even seem to have a more accepting attitude about this subject and understand that this is something that actually happens. It's an excellent book to use at home or in the classroom; a great discussion piece.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Knutson on March 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
The story of Choco, a little yellow bird with big round cheeks, searching for his mother is delightful. Choco asks one animal after another if they are his mother. In despair, he fears he will never find a mother who looks just like him. What Choco finds in his search is that a mom means someone who loves unconditionally. This is a heart-warming tale, encouraging acceptance of differences, and the importance and healing power of love. A great choice for any young adopted child.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Engineer Gal on May 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is especially recommended to families we know who adopted children of a different ethnic background (look different). Our two children are the same race (by chance) and I think they get lots out of the book as well.
As toddlers they LOVE this book. My daughter is only two but seems to understand that Choco is adopted like her. She turns and gives me kisses as I read the story so now we both think of it as our favorite book to read before bedtime.
I think all adoptive parents should have this book to read to their young child! It is wonderful!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beth O'Malley on February 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
If I only had room for one book in my bag, "A Mother for Choco" would be my choice. As an adoption worker and lifebook educator, I find that children need to hear about adoption issues in simple, concrete terms. This book is perfect for any young foster or adopted child.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1996
Format: Hardcover
I found this book while looking for something that tells children
about the important 'stuff' about adoption. This really tells it
all in a way that any child, and adult, can't fail to understand.
Choco searches for her mother, assuming that someone who looks
like Choco might be the one. Instead, just when he/she has given
up, she finds someone who knows what counts, and is happy to
bring Choco home. There's a little surprise at the end. I think
it's perfect for any adoptive family, especially a blended one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eeper on September 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
We have a just-turned-2-year-old daughter from China. This is absolutely her favorite book. She squeals with delight when Choco finally finds a mommy. She points to Choco's mother and shouts "Mama!" and then points to me and shouts "Liann's Mama!". She picked up on the similarities very quickly. She just adores this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
I loved the book because I'm developing a library for my son who is three and is adopted. Choco looks all over for his mother thinking she probably looks just like him. He finds an animal that may have a beak or a wing but doesn't look like him and becomes hopeless. He is heard weeping in the forest by a Mother Bear. She asks him what is wrong and he proceeds to tell her his tale. She listens sympathically and asks him what his mother would do in a case like this and he describes all the comforting things a mother would do. Then without hesitation, Mother Bear does exactly what he needs. She takes him home where he is introduced to her "children" which are all different animals (not one bear child). Lovely, book that can be used as discussion later on when child is older. Thumbs up!
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