Midwest Book Review
Dear Halo Publishing International:
I'm very pleased to inform you that the June 2009 issue of our online book review magazine "Children's Bookwatch" features "Auntie's House".
Here is the review:
Children's Bookwatch: June 2009
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575
The Picturebook Shelf
Dawn Aldrich, author
Michael Aldrich, illustrator
Halo Publishing International
9780979742972 $12.95 www.halopublishing.com
Auntie's House is a rhyming children's picturebook told from the point of view of a young girl who spends time at Auntie's house while her mother is away at work. Beneath the happy story about a little girl enjoying playtime with her aunt is a deeper theme about the value of trusting in one's mother to return at the end of the day, and adjusting to new circumstances. "I start to wonder, 'Where is my mother?' / Auntie says, 'Mommy will be back in a snap.' / 'Now close your eyes. Take a little nap.'" An excellent children's book not only for storytime, but also for helping young ones acclimate to the idea of staying with relatives.
Auntie’s House by children’s author Dawn Aldrich and illustrated by Michael Aldrich was recently released by Halo Publishing International. The first thing readers will notice are the illustrations, which are filled with rich orange and green colors; nature-filled scenery with lovely smiling faces, healthy women that seem to have a good relationship, and a cozy home.
The back cover claims that the book is about the trust between the adult sisters in caring for the child and that the mother will return at the end of the day – but I didn’t see that upon the first reading. What I saw was a child adjusting to separation. The child, knowing that her mother will arrive later and knowing she is with a trusted and adored adult, learned to spend the day away from her mother without struggling with separation issues. In fact, the child discovers that the experience was quite relaxing and enjoyable.
Dawn employs a rhythmic pattern with 3-5 lines per illustration in this 32-page book, which offers the family a way to slow down and really enjoy the book. Dawn’s loving relationship with her family is evident in the first few pages where she dedicates the book to her niece and extended family members who helped with her children over the years. The author is formally educated in radio and TV communications and is an experienced writer of plays and books. She appears regularly in the public to act, speak or read from her work.
Auntie’s House was printed in the US in paperback format, and that means fewer fossil fuels are spent on North American readers. I was thrilled to see on the publisher’s site an announcement that they offer a green publishing alternative: recycled content. This is a great first step into the world of green publishing alternatives that permeate the industry today.
ISBN#: 978-09797429-7-2 (paperback)
Rating: 4-out-of-5 stars
~ Lillian Brummet: co-author of the books Trash Talk and Purple Snowflake Marketing, author of Towards Understanding; Host of both the Conscious Discussions talk radio show & the Authors Read radio program (www.brummet.ca)
Stories For Children Review
STORIES FOR CHILDREN
BOOK: Auntie's House
AUTHOR: Dawn Aldrich
ILLUSTRATOR: Michael Aldrich
PUBLISHER: Halo Publishing International (2009)
READING LEVEL: Ages Pre-K through 3rd grade
RATING: 5 stars
REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker, reviewer with Stories for Children Magazine
Do you have a favorite aunt with whom you like to stay? Or if you are older, did you have one when you were young? A little girl's mommy is going to work, so the little girl must stay to Auntie's house for the day. Together she and her aunt go upstairs to where the toys are and find books, blocks, trains, trucks, and pretty tea cups. Next, they go back downstairs and have a tea party. Then they go outside to play on the swings and the slide. When they get tired, they go back inside and play with the blocks and a train. After that they climb into Auntie's favorite rocking chair where Auntie reads "The Three Little Bears" and other books, "one book and then another." Finally, the little girl begins to wonder where Mommy is, but it is time for her to take a nap. What will she find when she awakens from her nap?
Author Dawn Aldrich uses a fun, rhythmic text to tell about the adventures of a child at an aunt's house from the child's perspective. These adventures are accompanied with whimsical, full color illustrations by Michael Aldrich, who is Dawn's nephew. The basic theme of Auntie's House is trust. There is the child's trust that her mother will come back at the end of the day. Also, there is the mother's trust in Auntie to take care of the child. In answer to every question from the child, the aunt replies, "Of course little one. Let's have some fun!" What a wonderful way to help a child learn how to adjust to staying with a relative while a parent is away! Children will find it entertaining, and parents will like its reinforcement of strong family ties. I say that it's a keeper!
Related website: www.DawnAldrich.com (author), www.halopublishing.com (publisher)