4 out of 4 stars
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The Greater Understanding by Nanna Pete is a heartwarming picture book that teaches young children about responsibility, hard work, and helping others. The story features a kind farmer who loves his family, faithfully tends to his farm, and is always willing to help neighbors. Nana Pete is both the author and the illustrator.
This professionally edited book is 24 pages and traverses themes of family, kindness, responsibility, compassion, love, and helpfulness. The sweet story also educates young readers about farm life, such as the farmer's daily tasks, challenges with garden pests, care of different animals, and types of vegetables grown on the farm. The black and white illustrations complement the story and provide informative details, including the farmer's clothing and a visual layout of his vegetable garden. Pete's cute depictions of animals include raccoons, magpies, roosters, chicks, and geese.
I especially like that Pete effectively illustrates a strong work ethic and acts of kindness through the lifestyle of the farmer and his family, wisely avoiding preaching or lecturing to young readers. For instance, "The whole family was involved in harvesting, freezing, and canning the fruits and veggies to eat year round" is followed by examples of the farmer’s willingness to share with others. Children will enjoy Pete's illustrations of large footprints trailing pages as they ponder their meaning. I also appreciate Pete's reflections on generous giving, receiving with grace, and her recipe for "Honey Vanilla Banana Cake."
On the other hand, Pete's detailed illustrations are charming, but most children prefer colorful pictures. My only suggestion for improvement would be to add some color to the artwork.
It is my pleasure to rate The Greater Understanding 4 out of 4 stars. Despite my preference for colorful illustrations, the story conveys an inspirational and relevant message to young readers. I recommend it to parents, teachers, grandparents, and children through the age of 10. The picture book would also be a lovely gift for farmers and their families.
The Greater Understanding
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