MANGO (the long haired ginger cat) GETS A FOSTER SISTER
Updated: Oct 22, 2022
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CELEBRATING THE HEALING POWER OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. This encouraging, informative story celebrates the strength and devotion of foster families, and the coping needs of their foster children. It provides an understanding of what they both experience in foster care while showing the healing power of unconditional love, kindness, and acceptance. When Mango’s foster sister Molly, first arrives, they are both filled with uncertainty. Mango’s life gets a bit turned upside down by Molly. Mango understands that Molly has been through some very difficult things and chooses to show unconditional love and kindness to Molly, even though it is hard sometimes. As Molly begins to feel that love and acceptance, she begins to feel safe and secure in her foster family. Both Mango and Molly learn and grow from that love and acceptance.…..and that’s a lot to purr about! The kitty on the title page was cute. I hope they didn't mistake the dryer for a fancy litterbox. The dedication page will be an eye-opener for some readers. The author lists that 400,000 kids in the United States are in foster care. What an astronomical number! I hope every one of you finds yours forever home! In Mango (the Long haired ginger cat) Gets a Foster Sister: Celebrating the healing power of unconditional love, Mango was excited to meet their new (same-age) sibling. Mango said, "It felt like baby fish were swimming around in her tummy and tickling her insides!" An image of a cat followed up this sentence with three swimming orange fish in its belly. As Mango waited for the new cat to arrive, they began to worry if the new addition to the family would like them. This led to an illustration of two orange swimming fish in Mango's head. The children I was reading to all agreed that they found the image "scary" and didn't like it. I want to note they were preschoolers. As the story progresses, we meet Molly, who demonstrates fears characteristic of what human children feel daily in the foster system. How would they be treated? What were the rules of the new home? What would happen if she broke a rule? Human children in the foster system will empathize with Molly's plight. Molly and Mango did not bond instantaneously. Molly, like many children in the system, had trust issues. They acted out, stole, and lied. Readers will witness Molly's visits with her biological mom and her feelings during these visits, and how she behaved after them. Again, all realistic human behaviors. Children in the foster system want to be loved, feel wanted, and have a home that won't be taken away. They want security. Molly was not kind to Mango, but instead of Mango hating Molly, they showed them love and kindness. Mango didn't cast Molly out, and soon, Molly realized she could trust her new family members. Molly found her forever home! Fostering and adoption are not always easy roads to navigate. It requires lots of love, patience, understanding, and kindness. I encourage you to share this story with your family. Recommended reading age 4 - 11 years with a grade level of preschool - 3. READERS FAVORITE REVIEWS Review #1: Review by Vernita Naylor Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review!
Mango (The Long Haired Ginger Cat) Gets a Foster Sister by Grandma Krazy with illustrations by Lauren Garcia is about fear, rejection, kindness, and acceptance. When Mango, the cat, heard that she would have a new sister cat added to the family she was excited. She hoped her sister would like her and feel at home. What Mango didn't realize is that Molly, the new cat, had fear and apprehension about whether she would be accepted and adopted into her new family. Molly had experienced rejection from her mother and previous family and believed that the new family would do the same thing. Little did Molly realize that Mango's mother had instilled in her character the substance that would be essential in winning Molly over. Mango (The Long Haired Ginger Cat) Gets a Foster Sister by Grandma Krazy is ideal for parents, guardians, or children to help them fully understand that those adopted need empathy especially if they're from unstable environments. The emotions from their past can greatly impact their lives and those around them, which is why this book is a jewel for exposing how the adopted may be feeling. Whether a child or animal is adopted, meeting their mental, physical, and emotional needs is essential to overall health and well-being. As the caretakers, parents, or guardians, a foundation must be in place to make these things happen and to create balance. Get your copy today and let it encourage you especially if you're considering adopting or are an adopted parent to a pet or child. Highly recommended.
Review #2: Review by Vincent Dublado Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review! Grandma Krazy and Lauren Garcia’s storybook title clearly sums up what this heartwarming tale is all about: Mango Gets a Foster Sister: Celebrating the Healing Power of Unconditional Love. The long-haired ginger cat named Mango is excited because she is getting a foster sister. Her name is Molly, and she is the same age as Mango. Upon arriving at the house, Molly is scared and quiet, as she tries to settle into the rhythms of her new home. Mango tries her best to make Molly feel welcome and at home. They discover that they like a lot of the same things. Everything is turning out well when things suddenly change: Molly starts to display unusual behavior that makes her unbecoming. This is going to test Mango on how far she is willing to go to let Molly know that she will still be loved even if she does bad things. Grandma Krazy and Lauren Garcia dedicate this story to the approximately 400,000 kids in the United States Foster Care System and the foster families who nurture and care for them during their traumatic situations. They manage to turn a simple premise about unconditional love into a short tale that effectively summarizes and sends a clear message to parents and kids that, just like respect, trust is earned and not something that you should demand from others. The feline illustrations are vivid and they have faces that are alive with emotional expressions. There is an element of anthropomorphism in their movements, but their cat physiology remains perfectly captured. As far as values are concerned, this little book teaches so much without being too preachy—because it shows rather than tells. Mango Gets a Foster Sister is highly recommended for school reading activities and bedtime stories.
Review #3: Review by Joe Wisinski
Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review!
Mango (the Long-Haired Ginger Cat) Gets a Foster Sister: Celebrating the Healing Power of Unconditional Love is a story about anthropomorphic cats. Kathy Barnett Blomquist, who calls herself “Grandma Krazy,” dedicated her book to foster children and their families. The feline protagonist, Mango, gets a foster sister named Molly, who upsets Mango’s life. Molly’s actions include being unkind to Mango, insulting her, and getting her into trouble. But in return Mango treats Molly with kindness and love and Molly begins to change as she experiences the love of the family and acceptance by Mango. The story ends with two cats knowing that they will always be sisters. Every alternate page of the book is illustrated by Lauren Garcia. I enjoyed reading Mango (the Long-Haired Ginger Cat) Gets a Foster Sister. The story teaches young children about love and acceptance using humanlike cats. The book also teaches the inevitable fact that people, as personified by the cats, will disagree and commit inappropriate acts. Yet it goes on to show that even when people treat us badly we can show compassion in return, and that’s a good lesson for children. Kathy Barnett Blomquist doesn’t say what age group her target audience is, but the book appears to be aimed at those who are just learning to read or have not yet learned to and would have the book read to them. The illustrations by Lauren Garcia are beautiful and fit the text perfectly. I recommend this book to young children, their parents, and their grandparents.