Little Treaures: Endearments from Around the World is itself a little treasure, a little bubble of joy, a little sunny sun. It is all these things, and it is a joyous collection of terms of endearment from all around the world. Did you know that in France, parents might call a child ma puce? That means “my flea.” Or, in China, a parent might call their child xiao pie dou*? That means “little mischevious pea.” Each term is presented in its original language, in English, and spelled out phonetically so that English speakers can pronounce the term correctly. Chris Raschka illustrates the book with ink, watercolor, and gouache in his lovely signature style; the colors are soft and splashy, and the lines and figures dance on the page.
Little Treasures is recommended for kids preschool and all the way on up. I can see cuddling up with a little one and reading this one-on-one, saying the words together (and to each other!). I can also see reading this aloud or recommending it to older children, just for fun or in conjunction with language or social studies.
Kids and adults of any age will appreciate the book for its celebration of the playful ways we humans use language to express ourselves, and of the universality of family love.
Posted by: Parry