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KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW!

BIG LITTLE MOTHER

Author: Kevin Kling

Illustrator: Chris Monroe

Review Issue Date: October 15, 2013

Online Publish Date: September 25, 2013

Publisher:Minnesota Historical Society

Pages: 32

Price ( Hardcover ): $17.95

Publication Date: November 1, 2013

ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-87351-911-3

Category: Picture Books

Kling continues his exploration of sibling relationships (Big Little Brother, 2011) and achieves a level of understanding that is at once personal and universal.

This little boy’s big sister is motherly, inventive, bossy and loves to impart knowledge. Her cat, Kittywumpus, has been her main companion (and victim), but one of her crazy schemes sends her pet running away. Now her little brother is her prime focus, and she makes the most of it. She introduces him to wildly imaginative games, teaches him to dance and views stars with him. He calls her “me one” and refers to himself as “me too,” since she makes him feel smart and talented and he is dazzled by her. The little boy narrates fun-filled vignettes of lighthearted escapades in breezy, conversational syntax. In an epilogue, he pays homage to the woman she became, a mother and teacher to be admired. The text appears in a variety of typefaces, with speech bubbles that enhance the narration. Monroe’s cartoonlike illustrations suggest the 1960s and are rendered in shades of pink and green, yellow and blue. They sweetly match the action, with each depiction of the characters filled with expression and individuality. Brother and sister are companions and partners, and Kling endows them with a depth of feeling that will resonate with young readers and their siblings. (And Kittywumpus eventually comes home.)

Funny, warm and altogether delightful. (Picture book. 3-8)

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Master storyteller Kevin Kling leads travelers on an adventure through the Greece. Stories of gods and goddesses will be told, shared and explored in historic landmarks including ancient Greek theaters and archeological sites. Guests will gain unique perspective into the legends which comprise this nation’s mythology. Travelers will participate in ad hoc storytelling workshops as they cruise to the sun-kissed islands of Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Crete and Santorini. They will attend dinner at MPR Headquarters prior to the trip to meet fellow travelers, MPR staff and discuss Homer’s “The Odyssey” audio book narrated by the Ian McKellan. This book will take on a whole new meaning when guests explore Mycenae, a city closely linked to the Homeric epics. While on the trip, guests will engage with Kevin and a young Travel Scholar who will be fresh off a local stage presentation of “The Moth”, the acclaimed live-stage storytelling competition and national public radio program. Together, Kevin and this young scholar will inspire guests with their passion for storytelling and help guests develop their own stories and the courage to share them. The trips wraps up at MPR headquarters where our curious and courageous travelers will gather one more time with Kevin to share the new stories of their rich experience.

Kevin Kling

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