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One Little Bag, A Piece of Home, and Me & Mama are lovely books about families, relationships, and common traditions.

A Small Bag: An Amazing Journey by Henry Cole. Scholastic, 2020, unpaged.

A wordless picture book about a humble paper bag is more about family relationships than recycling. Starting with a tree in the forest, the life of a single bag reflects a boy's relationships over the years. First with his dad and new friends at school, then later with an attractive young lady with similar interests who adds an extra red heart to the outside of the bag. In any scene, the bag comes in handy and adds meaning to the family.

In the end, the author shares his own experience of reusing the same brown lunch bag for three years after Earth's first day. An effective example of stewardship.

Overall rating: 4.5 of 5

A slice of the home of Jeri Watts, illustrated by Hyewon Yum. Candlewick, 2016, not page by page.

Moving from Korea to West Virginia is an easier adaptation for the narrator than for his grandmother. Home, language, culture and their beloved mugunghwa bushes are left behind, and while the boy learns English and slowly makes friends, he longs to see his grandmother happy again.

Through the friendliness of teachers and schoolmates and the discovery of a familiar flower, new relationships are built and joy is restored. A cute story of how to love your neighbor.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera. Simon & Schuster, 2020, 30 pages

Reading level: picture book, age 0-4

"… I want to be wherever mom is."

In the tradition of Shirley Hughes, me and mom show the joy of a little girl who spends the day with her patient and loving mother. Rainy days are better when spent with someone who makes time for you in the ordinary way. This is an encouraging reminder for parents who feel busy and whose work is interrupted and for days that may be disappointing. Sometimes you need a good breakfast, a walk in the rain in brightly colored boots, and bedtime stories.

Me and mom work because it's a book that shows "I love you" instead of being poetic and eloquent. It is a book of honor from Caldecott and Coretta Scott King and fits in with a tradition of cozy picture books.

Overall rating: 4.5

Also with Redeemed Reader:

  • reviews: We have already reviewed Henry Cole's books on Redeemed Reader. You can find a list of them here.
  • reflections: Speaking of Shirley Hughes, we appreciate her childhood books.

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