Watermelon Party by Jasmine Cabanaw (book review)
Watermelon Party ties in themes of friendship, sharing, and animal rescue. When a watermelon is set out at Rocky Ridge Refuge, the animals come one by one to join in on the delicious fun. By the end of the book, the animals are joined together, head-to-head, in a circle around the watermelon. The interspecies friendships are a metaphor for overlooking differences, no matter how strange or unique someone else may look. It is a celebration of diversity.
There is also a bonus game of “Duck, duck, goose!” A little duckling rides in on the first animal. In each illustration, the duckling is sitting on a different animal, until the very end, when the duck lands on a surprised goose.
The writing style is light and fun. The repetitive rhyming scheme will help children with their reading skills and learning action words.
The story is based on this series of photographs from a real event that occurred at Rocky Ridge Refuge.
My review: In this story for young readers, Jasmine Cabanaw emphasizes living in harmony and without prejudice, as demonstrated by the real life residents of Rocky Ridge Refuge, an organization many of us volunteering in animal rescue are quite familiar with. Located in Midway, Arkansas, the refuge is home to 50-60 animals of diverse species, peacefully coexisting and interacting in their daily lives. You’ll find everything from dogs to zebras, to turtles, to some adorable capybaras. This book will make a great Christmas present for young ones, while teaching them important lessons in friendships and animal rescue.While many of the animals at Rocky Ridge are permanent residents, some of them are awaiting adoption. If you are searching for a pet (or simply want to check out some adorable pictures of inter-species interaction among the animals), make sure to check out their website www.rockyridgerefuge.com.
The book can now be preordered at http://greenbamboopublishing.com/order/
Residents at Rocky Ridge Refuge
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