3 out of 4 stars
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Popo on a Family Picnic is a children’s picture book written by Bella Sou and Ava Sel, with illustrations by Razie Darzi. This book is the second in a series; however, it can easily be read as a standalone story. At fourteen pages, this book is geared toward a young audience. The story is about Rudy, a six-year-old girl, and her Pomeranian, Popo. Rudy’s family decides to go to the park for a picnic one Saturday. While playing with Popo in the park, Rudy learns an important lesson about the environment and how harmful littering can be.
The full-page illustrations in this book are really enjoyable. The colors are rich and vibrant, and the images are full of details to help transport the reader to the warm summer day at the park. Further, the illustrations are inventive. The pictures appear to be hand-drawn, with photos of Popo seamlessly added to the drawings. The bright colors and intricate details of the illustrations work well to draw the reader’s eye.
The main theme of this book is fairly obvious: The story highlights the negative impacts of littering. However, there are some underlying themes within this short book as well. Spending time with family and enjoying nature are additional themes displayed in the narrative. Further, children and parents can read this book together and discuss the loving relationship Rudy shares with her parents and Popo, the family pet.
However, some aspects of the writing could be improved. There were some phrases that might not be clear to the intended audience, like referring to a “long Saturday.” Additionally, more varied word choice could have improved the language of the story. For instance, “wonderful” is used to describe both the view in the park and the weather at different points in the very-short book. Lastly, there were some missing quotation marks in the narrative.
Popo on a Family Picnic is a cute story that highlights important themes and contains really great illustrations. However, the lacking vocabulary and minor editing issues lead me to rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. This children’s book would be best suited for adults to read aloud to children ages 3 to 6. The story features a young girl, but boys will have no trouble connecting with Popo’s adventure, and the themes explored in the story are appropriate for all children. However, the storytelling and writing are very basic, so older children might lose interest in this story early on.
Popo on a Family Picnic
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