Sunday, July 15, 2012

Here Comes Hortense!

Here Comes Hortense!
Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustrated by Georgia Graham 
A Nana stealer is not a good surprise. A little boy is excited to spend some time with his Nana and her husband Bob at the amusement park. But when their surprise turns out to be Bob’s granddaughter Hortense, he finds out that not all surprises are good ones. Hortense is spending too much time with his Nana and he experiences some jealousy. But he finds a friend in Bob who he begins to call Gramps. When he finally talks to Hortense he realizes that they can share their grandparents and the surprise turns into a good one. This story was sweet and touching. It brought jealousy, love, sharing, and misunderstanding to the young reader’s mind. The reasons for rivalry are not always valid if the situation is considered from another perspective. The author did a great job of telling the story from the child’s perspective and with realistic feelings. The illustrations were hilarious and added such a funny element to the story. My children really enjoyed reading this book and looking at the detailed pictures.
This book is geared towards ages 4 to 7.
I received this book free of charge from Children's Literature in exchange for my honest review.

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