From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3?'Manda has definitely had better days. When Bobby yanks a ball out of her hand during an early evening game, she escapes under her covers where her beloved Aunt Ruby finds her. This wise woman comes up with the perfect way to chase the girl's blues away by making a list of her favorite things. Aunt Ruby coaxes 'Manda from her mood by telling her a few of her own favorite things-the cream-colored tom cat, brightly colored mixed fruit, sweet songs on the saxophone... And before long, the child has quite a long list herself. This heartfelt story has a warm and cozy feeling to it and fully succeeds in bringing home the message about appreciating day-to-day things. Ransome's glowing illustrations of this loving African American family and their surroundings are beautifully done and add depth to the story.?Kathy Mitchell, Gadsden Co. Public Library, Quincy, FL
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Ages 4^-8. 'Manda decides the "whole world feels hateful" after Bobby grabs a ball away from her. When Aunt Ruby suggests that to feel better, 'Manda should think of things she likes, 'Manda insists the only thing she likes is, "nothing." Aunt Ruby writes down "nothing" and waits patiently for 'Manda to come up with more, eventually pulling out a list of her own that she made because "sometimes I feel like you do now." Aunt Ruby's list is homely, warm, and detailed--a big china bowl full of fruit salad on a hot night, the "tight, damp curls on babies' heads" --and 'Manda is swept into the pleasurable images and feelings. Ransome paints with great expression, showing the young girl's change from glowering to glowing and depicting Aunt Ruby as realistically unglamorous but infused with joy and loving tenderness. Carr's depiction of two ways to resolve angry feelings--listing favorite things and talking to a grown-up who loves you--will also be of keen interest to many parents and teachers. Susan Dove Lempke
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