Room Enough for Daisy
With a nod to the Yiddish folktale about a house that feels too small, this picture book skillfully tackles the topic of children who want more and more “stuff." Daisy’s room is already crowded, and with her birthday only three weeks away she’s planning on getting lots of presents. Her solution? A bigger room! Fortunately Daisy’s mom makes use of the opportunity to discreetly teach her daughter a lesson by bringing even more of Daisy’s stuff into her room while promising that the additions will make the room bigger. When Daisy can’t make her way through the room without banging and bumping and falling over her things, she decides that she has too much stuff and packs up what she doesn’t need or want for her synagogue’s Mitzvah Day rummage sale. The result leaves Daisy with “the perfect room.” Colorful digitally painted illustrations in bright tones outlined in black depict the clutter without overwhelming, and Daisy is cute and expressive with her wide freckled face and pigtails. In a culture that decrees that having more is being more, it is refreshing to find a book that broaches the topic of over-consumption as well as the idea of giving back. Includes a note about Mitzvah Day activities. Recommended for ages 4-7.
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