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ETHEL’S NEW HOME by Kathy Rogo – my review

on 25/12/2016

What a lovely children’s book! Author Kathy Rogo has created a charming story about a little hamster running away from her numerous family so she wouldn’t have to wait her turn every single time. Plenty of siblings in large families will identify with Ethel. 

The illustrations are simply adorable, although the layout (exchange of text and images) is better in the first half of the book. The writer’s narration finds the right balance between simplicity and complexity. The children might appreciate a bit more dialogue, especially between the siblings, because they usually relish in acting, and the story lends itself to role play so easily. The scene when Ethel runs into the cat offers an excellent role-playing opportunity.

The ending is gratifying, as Ethel is safely back home with her loving family, and the pets even get a bigger home. I believe parents will enjoy reading and discussing this with their children, learning and teaching about sharing, patience and appreciating the safety of home.

This review will also appear at Readers Review Room.

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