Little Lessons

minedition. Apr. 2023. 40p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781662651175.
PreS-Gr 3–Chwast illustrates 18 proverbs that he considers little lessons. He gracefully shows what each proverb expresses; some are engaging and very funny. But what the illustrations provide, the text lacks, with no further explanation that young children may need. The afterword by Wolfgang Mieder helps fill that out and adds to the book enormously; however, not all children will get to it or have the reading comprehension to be able to understand it.
VERDICT Young children will need someone to talk these proverbs through with them to gain a greater understanding of the lessons behind them. This book creates opportunities for discussion and may be very helpful in English as a Second Language instruction because the proverbs are global.

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