Monday, April 17, 2017

{Book Review} Otis Grows by Kathryn Hast !

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Young Otis is forced to question his origin and allegiances, given that his mom, a yellow chicken, is part of the Nuh-Uhs, and his dad, a blue flower, stems from the Yes-Chums. Struggling to find answers, Otis runs away, only to encounter more colors (and cultures) than he could ever imagine. Rooted in the challenges of family conflict, this book still appeals to any child--or adult--who knows that growing up can be tough, that there is "the odor of growing older," but that ultimately, love and wonder will win. 

A little bit about the author: 
The author, a mother of (and frequent reader to) two young children has an MFA in writing, and was inspired to create a truly entertaining yet meaningful story that resonates with all families, especially in this time of turbulence. As a “child of divorce,” Hast knows that shifts in families can have long-lasting effects on kids and hopes to teach them how to navigate through it, and even see the beauty in it.  “Otis Grows is a kid’s book that looks at adult problems. It playfully engages us all to consider: what’s tough, what’s inherent, but most of all, what’s possible,” Hast says. With its bright, whimsical illustrations and lyrical style, Otis Grows touches on:The inherent nature of conflict, especially current day: How we can acknowledge and address itThere’s still more good than bad in the world: Why we should delight in itBigger conversations that children and parents can share together about conflict and moreThe importance of reading together as a familyAnd much more! 

Kathryn Hast has a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in writing and a Master’s degree in Education. She is from York, Pennsylvania, and she lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She has one dog named after a Beatles song, and one that barks at the television. Otis Grows is her first published work of fiction, and her next book Batty Betty is forthcoming.

I found Otis Grows wonderfully written with beautiful illustrations.  I love how it touches on everyday conflicts and how to deal with them at a child's level of understanding.  While sharing with your children that their is more good then bad in the world around them.  The rhyming words hold my children's attention while I am reading them the story of Otis. Learning about how not everyone sees eye to eye and how to move forward.  This book shows how to overcome challenges and keep moving forward in life.  Now younger children may not understand the message but upper elementary will pick up on the underlying message Otis Grows shares with you.  I would recommend this book to my mom friends!