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A Suitcase Surprise for Mommy Hardcover – March 17, 2011

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Zoran is upset that his mother has to go away for work again. Then she suggests that he choose one of his special objects for her to bring with her. Unfortunately, his truck is too big for her suitcase, his robot is too noisy, and he might miss his pirate toy. Despite Mommy�s assurances, Zoran is disheartened until he realizes the perfect item: a card he drew that reminds his mother how much he loves her. While the topic is familiar, Cora, a mother and Iron Chef alumna, insightfully conveys how both parents and children seek comfort and connection when they�re apart, as well as the importance of verbal reassurances, tangible mementos, and collaboration. The story�s concepts and emotions ring true and are accessibly related through the descriptive narrative, which is filled with realistic dialogue and interactions, from hugs to high-fives. The brightly colored, cartoon-style, gouache-and-pencil illustrations include many playful touches that reinforce the comforting tone. A sympathetic portrayal of separation and finding ways to feel close despite distance. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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  • Item Weight : 14.9 ounces
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0803733321
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0803733329
  • Publisher : Dial Books (March 17, 2011)
  • Product Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.25 x 10.5 inches
  • Reading level : 3 - 5 years
  • Language: : English
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    5.0 out of 5 stars 3 ratings