Saturday

  • Title: Saturday
  • Author: Oge Mora
  • Illustrator: Oge Mora
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication year: 2019
  • Brief Summary: From Little, Brown and Company-“Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don’t work out exactly the way you expect….In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong–ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they’d been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown…until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – While I am not sure that this could be used in any particular curriculum for a school library, I do think this could be used in a public library. I also think that this book is important for children, because it emphasizes the importance of being positive in any situation, even in situations that don’t go your way. I found this interview with Mora from Diverse Books that explained her process for writing and illustrating this book.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Much like in Thank you, Omu! Mora’s illustrations really drive the action of this story. My favorite illustration is the last two page illustration where Ava and her mother make their own puppet show.

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