One of the reasons I’ve come to love teaching with picture books is because of their apparent versatility. There are all kinds of picture books available in the marketplace today that deal with a variety of topics and subjects, making it super easy for me to spy the perfect reinforcement as an entire lesson. The possibilities are endless, especially with picture books that include clear-cut references for both literal and figurative languages. Give me a picture book, and I can teach you something new! Over the years, I’ve found all kinds of reasons to elaborate on discussions kindled from reviews of a picture book and Momma, Did You Hear the News? is no different.
I have to be honest, at first glance I was a bit disturbed. As a Mother and an Educator, I’ve always owned the stance that children need opportunities to indulge in luxurious childlike experiences. Forcing them to grow up too early strains both their cognitive and social-emotional learning ability. It’s a given to see kids who are thrown into grown-up roles too soon have difficulty relating to their peers, which negatively actualizes their behaviors and sense of responsibility. Pile on too many functions, and just like adults, it’ll drastically affect how that child values initiative. There is a bright side to exposing children to adult conversations and decisions early on however and if I had to sum it up with one word that word would be wisdom.
As a conduit for responsible media, I’ve always made it a point for Imagiread to represent what I feel is responsible media, covering the stories of the stories that are socially responsible and culturally authentic and appropriate. It’s critical in this day and age, to be able to offer an account of what’s happening in the world according to those it’s happening to. Momma, Did You Hear the News? is a vivid tale of one family’s conversation about what it means to be safe and secure. The book highlights all of the emotions available to anyone having to discuss police brutality and profiling to a child. It’s a tough talk about race relations, but it’s one that needs to take place. Specifically here’s what I absolutely loved about the read:
- The family is watching the news TOGETHER
- The Mother offers prayer as part of the solution
- The sons have questions
- The Dad has answers
- The illustrations are vivid
- The story is raw with emotion and segue
- The analogy is priceless (Memorize the 5!)
I don’t think I’ve considered a book reviewed with bullet points, but there’s a first time for everything. I truly enjoyed reading Momma, Did You Hear the News? and cannot wait for the sequel, Daddy, Did You Hear the News? coming soon! Until then, I highly suggest making a copy of Momma.. available for your home library. It’s worth many conversations, ones that will save so many lives. Congratulations to Sanya and her team on the release of two beautiful books. We can’t wait to see what they’ll explore next.
Until next time.