Thursday, August 4, 2011

Book Review: The Greedy Sparrow

The Greedy Sparrow
By: Lcine Kasbarian
Illustrated by: Maria Zaikina
Published by:  Marshall Cavendish Children, 2011.
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5821-0
Price: $17.99
Ages:  3-8 years
Rating:  4 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

Synopsis:  This is a story about a sparrow who is always discontented and seems to want more. The story has an Armenian twist, making it a unique contribution to the literature for children. The story also has many important lessons for children that they can easily relate to.

The characters in the story want to help the greedy sparrow. At first, the sparrow seemed to be very gentle and in genuine need. But as time went on, it seemed that the sparrow was anything but gentle and genuine.

The story has many great lessons for children. First, the book shows the child that sometimes appearances can be deceptive. What we think is genuine may turn out to be greed or something else altogether. Second, the book shows that we should all try and exercise good judgment so that we can protect ourselves from getting hurt by others. That doesn’t mean that we can’t be kind. But it does mean that we have to be careful. What a great message for kids.

Overall thoughts:  This is a great story with a great take away point for kids. It shows how greed can get the best of a person and how it could even ruin a person’s happiness and overall well-being. The greedy sparrow was never happy it seemed. No matter what he received, he wanted more and more. And that made everyone very unhappy and suspicious of him.

The author is Armenian and she shares many facets of the Armenian culture and times with her readers. The illustrator also wonderfully captures the costumes, culture, and customs of the time. My nephew loved the book and wanted to have his very own copy of the book so that he could read it over and over again.



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