Otis Grows by Kathryn Hast

Otis Grows is one of my favorite new books on the market. Explaining certain issues to children can be difficult, but Kathryn Hast really tackled a hard-to-explain issue with Otis Grows. Otis Grows explores the issues of family conflict. This book did a wonderful job of understanding what happens when mom and dad don’t get along, which is a growing issue for children these days. This book also covered the issue of children not fitting in. I really love how Kathryn Hast covered such dark topics with adorable illustrations and super fun characters. Some of the unique characters included Otis (the son of a chicken and a flower), The NUH-UHS (Otis’ mother), and The YES-CHUMS (Otis’ father). In my opinion this is a must-read for children of all ages, and I can’t wait to see what kind of issues Kathryn Hast covers in her next children’s book.

Book Excerpt: Young Otis is forced to question his origin and allegiances, given that his mom, a yellow chicken, is part of the Nuh-Uhs, and his dad, a blue flower, stems from the Yes-Chums. Struggling to find answers, Otis runs away, only to encounter more colors (and cultures) than he could ever imagine, including a giant portrait full of possibilities.

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  1. I couldn’t love this more. I think all children’s books should be giving an important message and mindfulness, emotions, self-help and empathy should be part of everyday teaching! Great review, thank you x

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  2. As a divorced parent, I recognize a need for this type of literature. Parenting amidst a breakup isn’t easy for anyone, least of all the children. I’m going to check this book out. Thank you for the recommendation.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Raine. I’m the author, and it touches me to see a parent considering my little red onion as a bridge to conversation. Thank you for your interest. Good luck to you.

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    1. Hello, Josselyn. I’m the author of this book, and I’m just seeing your comment here now. It sounds like you’re a pre-school teacher. LuJu Books has made it a part of our business plan to give back to schools and libraries when we can. Could we send you a copy? Thank you for doing your good work.

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