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Summary: Mommy wants to help Mimi get dressed, pour her milk, and other things, but Mimi says "No! I want to do it myself!" Each time, something bad happens -- such as spilled milk. Finally, Mommy wants to give Mimi a hug -- Mimi says "NO!... I want to give Mommy a hug!" This is a story that helps kids understand growing up isn't easy ... and reminds parents not to jump to conclusions.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Reading Level: 1.6
Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: I don't know how my children liked this book because I refused to read it to them more than the one time.
Adult Reader Reaction: I hated this book. I did not want to show my children a little girl talking back to her Mommy, yelling "NO!" and consequently making a mess. This little girl was bossing her Mother around and being quite rude and obnoxious, not a role model for my children, even if it's painted in a positive light. Even at the end, when the author is trying to bring it to a happy ending, the book has a slight edge, with the girl still being bossy and controlling about her affection. It left me with a sick feeling to my stomach. This little girl's behavior was not atypical of small children, but not one I want to highlight in any positive light.
Pros: The illustrations are simple, but it takes a very savvy child to understand and separate the story from real life.
Cons: This is an awful role model for a child. Kids imitate what they see and hear, and it would take a lot of countering not to reinforce this as acceptable.
Borrow or Buy: Skip. The companion book Mimi Loves to Mimic is wonderfully sweet, but this is not a good complement to that.