I don't know MO (Mo Williems that is) but if his books don't stop makin' me cry I'm a gonna.... A few days ago, I posted about the greatness of Knuffle Bunny Free- the book that made me cry in Barnes and Noble. Today, I'm giving a shout out to yet another Mo Williems books. City Dog, Country Frog is another book that made it into our top 10 of 2010.
In this story, City dog visits the country each season. In the Spring, Country Frog teaches City Dog to play frog games. When City Dog returns to the country in the summer, they play Dog games. In the fall, Country Frog is tired and so they spend time just remembering. In winter, City dog arrives in the country but frog is not there. He can't find him anywhere. In Spring again, Country Dog finds a new friend- but he doesn't forget his old friend as he smiles a froggy smile.
The text of this book is very, very simple- yet so much emotion is conveyed in this story. I think this would be great for a child who is dealing with loss- whether death or moving or just old friends moving on and making new friends. Not only does the text convey emotions, the pictures are amazing. I think kids could really talk about what the animals are feeling and times when they may have had similar feelings.
Having recently lost my husband's grandma (Grandma Higgins), I found myself relating to this book and to the theme that if we remember someone, they are never really gone. I really related when the dog made his frog face (and Jon Muth- way to go on those illustrations, I mean, who can make a dog look that much like a frog? It's crazy). It reminded me of my baby boy. He looks a lot like Grandma Higgins- with his small lips and small chin. I seriously got choked up trying to read this book to my little one for bedtime.
Mo has made me cry so often lately! I think it's time for me to revisit his sillier side with some Elephant and Piggie books!
This however, is one of my favorite books for 2010. Go check it out!