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Saturday

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Superb art, lovely story about coping with disappointment.

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Once again, Oge Mora has created a gorgeous book and heartfelt story. The collage-style artwork in Saturday is a feast for the eyes and was crafted using paint, markers, patterned paper, and old book clippings. A soothing gemstone-colored palette mirrors the way Eva and her mother calm themselves down after each setback. Their not-so-tidy apartment will be recognized (and appreciated) by hardworking parents who prioritize time with kids over a spotless house. Social class and the absence of a second parent for Eva are broached with a light hand that allows families to discuss these topics as deeply as they wish. The diversity is not superficial here. Black people of various skin colors are represented, and background characters of color are seen engaged in activities like yoga and painting.

The two-page spread of Eva comforting her mother is deeply moving, and the story ends on a creative and comforting high note. The vocabulary is mostly simple, and structures repeat in a rhythmic manner that underscores the importance of being able to self-soothe. Young kids will love echoing words like "zoom" and "whoosh" as they are read to, making this a great choice for read-aloud. This book is sure to charm parents and children alike, while mothers and daughters may especially delight in its cozy warmth.

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