Synopses & Reviews
A tender collection of endearments for children the world over.
All over the world, people express their love for their children through endearments, such as "sweetie pie" or "peanut." A child might be called little angel, angelito, in Spanish or precious, bao bei, in Chinese or my sweet little moon, mera chanda, in Hindi.
Little Treasures offers a wealth of endearments in fourteen languages to share with your own beloved poppet and petit chou.
"Move over, 'sunshine.' Ogburn and Raschka give families a whole new vocabulary with which to express their love, exploring terms of endearment used around the globe. Impish, doe-eyed figures rendered in broad, calligraphic brushstrokes wear with pride terms like 'ducky,' used in England, and 'kullanmuru,' which means 'nugget of gold' in Finland. Raschka forgoes painting his characters with black, brown, or white skin, instead using gleeful pinks, blues, teals, and greens. The phrases appear both in English and in their original languages (Cyrillic, Mandarin, and Arabic characters are included), with phonetic pronunciations provided for such terms as 'xiao pie dou' ('little mischievous pea' in China) and 'yeinay filiklik' ('my bubble of joy' in Ethiopia). The message about familial love being a universal human trait is clearly and joyfully articulated; it's hard to imagine a sweeter concept. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
This book began when Jacqueline K. Ogburn heard a friend call his children by German endearments. Years later, with the help of many friends, friends of friends, and complete strangers, that fascination has resulted in Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World
.and#160; Ms. Ogburn is also the author of nine other picture books, including A Dignity of Dragons
and The Bake Shop Ghost
. She lives in Durham, N.C. with her husband and their two chicklets, Claire and Emily.
Chris Raschka, writer, illustrator and trained violist is one of the country's top children's book talents. His Yo! Yes? was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1993 while his Hello Goodbye Window won the Caldecott Medal in 2005. This is Chris's first picture book for Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.