One Day (2023)
By John Sooja,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
A mother's beautiful poem of hope and love for her baby boy.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A few pages depict the protest history of Black Lives Matter and Anti-Asian Hate movements.
Positive Role Models
Many images of a young Asian boy fearlessly forging ahead into new imaginary places, withstanding bullying behavior and playing happily with other children. The mother models unconditional love and great hope for her son.
The book is about one Asian American mother's words of hope and love to her baby son. Many pages feature other people of color.Author Joanna Ho is an American daughter of daughter of Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants.
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Violence & Scariness
One page shows an Asian boy sitting down and crying while White boys stand behind him laughing and pointing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Day is a picture book by Joanna Ho (Eyes that Kiss in the Corners) and warmly illustrated by Faith Pray about an Asian American mother's words of hope and love for her baby son (also Asian American). While she holds him in her arms, she recounts her hopes and dreams for him, imagining him growing up in a variety of situations. One scene depicts White boys laughing and pointing at her son, who sits and cries in the rain. But the next page shows her son dancing in puddles with a new friend.
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What's the Story?
In ONE DAY, an Asian American mother wishes her baby son a wonderful future, while also recounting many of their daily activities.
Is It Any Good?
The positive and hopeful messages in this warm picture book are poetically framed. And dreamy and bright illustrations by Faith Pray shine from page to page in One Day. Many pages show the mother's daily life with her son, playing with him on a bed, bathing him, dancing with him in front of a mirror, or reading him books at night. Other pages show what the mother imagines might be her son's childhood future, playing on the beach, exploring a forest, and going to school. There's a brief moment of conflict when some White boys make fun of and point at the boy while he cries in the rain, but the next page shows the boy triumphant, dancing in the rain puddles with a new friend.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
- Author: Joanna Ho
- Illustrator: Faith Pray
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Courage, Curiosity
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date: March 14, 2023
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: March 27, 2023
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