Linda Ravin Lodding
Illustrated by Suzanne Beaky
October 1, 2011 / 978-0979974694
Picture Book / Ages 5-7
by Jan Fields
Ernestine Buckmeister's parents believing in "making
every moment count" and "living life to the fullest"
so they schedule her every waking moment. But Ernestine sees her
neighbor playing and wishes for less schedule and more fun. Then,
when she rebels, she brings fun back for everyone! This is a "parents
learn their lesson" book that I tend to look at a bit askance,
since parents who are taking time to cuddle up with their child
and read are probably not Buchmeisters to begin with. I often wonder
if we're not preaching to the choir with "parent lesson"
books, but the message is a good one. It's great to try learn new
things, but everyone needs time for play -- no matter what their
age. The text is filled with lively action and the illustrations
are fun with a bit of whimsy. I could see it as a huge favorite
in library storytime, and what child wouldn't like seeing the story
child teach the parents something new?