Sometimes all it takes is tough love!
Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.
It's really quite simple - all Mother Rabbit is asking is that Little Rabbit clean his room before he's able to go visit the circus that has arrived in town. However, Little Rabbit has a mind of his own, and it doesn't involve cleaning his room. So, he sets off to join the circus since Mother won't let him just see it! Little Rabbit promises one of the best acts - showcasing the Meanest Mother on Earth. When he gets the 100th ticket sold, all of his customers are terribly upset, because what they see isn't the meanest mother on earth. And she's certainly not absolutely terrifying and ferocious... Mother sets to work to show the customers the truly terrifying thing - Little Rabbit's playroom! Not only does Mother Rabbit show everyone Little Rabbit's messy playroom, she also gives away some of his toys to help get it cleaned up, teaching him the real lesson!
This book is wonderful because it perfectly depicts the emotions of young children when asked to do something they really don't want to do - using words they likely don't mean out of frustration and anger. I enjoyed that at the end of the story, while Mother Rabbit was determined to teach Little Rabbit a lesson by giving away some of his toys, she also reassured him of her love for him!
- Use an incentive chart with your child. This will allow you to visually show your child what you expect, and will give them a chance to work towards a reward of some sort upon completing all that is expected of them!
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