"When you get mad at me and I didn't do it..."
"When you don't let me help..."
"When I try and it doesn't work..."
Each of these utterly common situations is illustrated with a cartoon-format, one-page spread. Nina's family are a typical busy bunch, with a baby brother and two harried parents doing the best they can. Nina's expressions and feelings are spot-on, and any parent will recognize the signs of mounting frustration, and impending tantrums.
It's very unusual to find a graphic/cartoon title for the preschool set, and this one does an excellent job of introducing the genre. At the back of the book, there's a parent section on how to read comics with kids: helpful suggestions include guiding young readers in interpreting text, pointing out comic style features, like speech bubbles, and allowing kids lots of time to read, re-read, and guess what's happening next based on the illustrations.
A good first introduction to graphica, excellent for ages 4-5.
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