Written by Julia Dweck
Illustrated by Walter Carzon
Published by Xist Publishing (10/22/13)
(author sent me an e-copy for an honest review)
Sometimes a children's book serves the parent as much as the child. Faux Paw is that book. Little Waldon Bear is in the wonderful animal stage. Where my four year old boy pretends to be a cat day and night, Waldon wants to be a bear. He tells this to his set-in-her-ways teacher. She shuts him down, but when he gets home his observant mother asks him what's wrong. Because she's so awesome, she makes him a bear costume and gives him a permission slip to be a bear at school. Oh, does this irk his teacher. When another child in the class decides to act like an animal too, the teacher blames our cute little bear and calls his mother. Guess who gets put in her place? Yep, the teacher, and in the best way!
Faux Paw was a delight to read and read and read because my son insisted, "Again, again!" We also had great fun with the bear facts page and the match the animal print page. The takeaway lessons are to celebrate creativity, allow children to explore who they want to be, pay attention and ask your kids what's wrong when their behavior is off, stand up for what you believe in, and finally support who you believe in. I just loved this book!