Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Onga Bonga

Onga Bonga

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Carol Thompson
Illustrator: Frieda Wishinsky
Translator: Christianne Scheurer
ISBN: 8426131131
Hardcover Price: $15.95
What DO you do to quiet a crying baby? Luisa's parents, grandparents and neighbors all have suggestions, but Luisa just cries louder. Finally her big brother Daniel tells her the magic words: Onga Bonga. Luisa's tears dry and she turns back into a delightful, happy baby - until Daniel leaves. Then the screeching resumes, stopping only when Daniel returns with a new secret word. The reader could reasonably conclude that Luisa simply wants to be with her brother. Vivid watercolor illustrations convey the panic that grownups can feel when confronted with a crying baby. Parents, caregivers and kids get to see a boy in a nurturing role.
Ina Rimpau   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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