Title: Good Morning to ME!
Written and illustrated by: Lita Judge
Published by: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015
Themes/Topics: exuberance, indoor voices, pets, parrots
Suitable for ages: 3-6
Early one morning in a little cottage,
Beatrix was wide AWAKE.
She knew it was time to be quiet, but then she squealed,
“Good morning to me!”
A bursting, bubbling, boisterous parrot cannot contain herself. And even though she knows it is early morning and she should be using her indoor voice, she just has to say good morning to herself, then Mouse, then Kitty, then Goldfish, then Gracie the basset hound… Antics ensue and mishaps occur, but it is hard to stay mad at such joie de vie, even doe those who aren’t such morning critters as Beatrix!
Why I like This Book:
I confess knowing that Beatrix is real and having seen some awesome pictures of her and her kitty friend at the author’s cottage, makes this story all the more fun to me. I am certain that parents and young children will be able to relate to the ‘rules’ of quiet time early in the morning and how hard sometimes it is to keep to one’s indoor voice and curb one’s desire to interact already with the rest of the household (pre caffeine) and those promises to be good!
The truth is, in Lita Judge’s household, her parrot, Beatrix truly does start the day off by belting out a cheery, “Good Morning.” And Beatrix and Kitty are really good friends in real life!
The watercolor and pencil spreads (some full page and some several different snapshots per page) capture Beatrix’ exuberance and the other critters’ frustrations with humor and animation.
Practice indoor voices with your kids!
As a passionate animal lover, I also want to add, don’t breed, don’t buy… adopt a rescued bird!
Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it.
You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
-Antoine de Saint Exupery
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