Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Katy Rose Likes to say NO!

Colón, D. (2015). Katy Rose Likes to Say NO! Self-published.

Children's / Picture / Teachable Moments

I gave this book 5 of 5 Stars

Book Blurb: Katy Rose Likes to Say No! is about a child, like most, who is just learning to assert her independence and discovering her power over others, simply by saying “no.” She finds, however, that defying her parents and being rude to her friend only make herself feel bad. Katy Rose eventually discovers that cooperation and kindness make others happy which, in turn, gives her joy. 


HALL WAYS REVIEW: This small book provides much-needed teachable moments for the child who says "No!" The lay-out and presentation is simple, with just the right balance of text on the page. The story is told through rhyming lines, so this is an excellent book for a read-aloud to even the youngest of listeners.

The illustrations -- all created from the same set of 127 randomly cut paper scraps rearranged to make each new picture -- are clever and amazingly expressive. The art will likely inspire kids (and parents) to get creative and make their own scrap-art illustrations while having great conversations about alternatives to always saying "No!" Fortunately, the author has included instructions at the conclusion of the story so that parents and kids can do their own fun cut-paper art activity together.

I recommend this book for preschoolers up through kindergartners. Thank you to the author for providing me a print copy in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Delin Colón was born in New Jersey and has lived in Maryland, D.C., Florida, California (northern and southern), Montreal and Washington state.  Her undergraduate work was in French, with a minor in Social Psychology, and her graduate work was in Clinical Psychology.  Among many other things (such as working in psychiatric hospitals), she has been a technical writer for Sociological Abstracts, a researcher, and owner of a construction company.

Delin has always enjoyed writing but seems to have a special affinity for research and non-fiction.  She also enjoys creating minimalistic collage art. Delin lives quietly in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a fine art photographer. In addition to Katy Rose, Delin has written two non-fiction books: Rasputin and the Jews: A Reversal of History and Rasputin: The Memoirs of His Secretary by Aron Simanovitch (translated, edited, and annotated by Delin Colón.To learn more about these books, go to her website.

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