The Patience Song: Book Review

Sometimes having patience can be the most difficult of things - especially when you're a kid...but are they the only ones?

Title: The Patience Song
Author: Dr. Crystal Bowe
ISBN: 9781982081027

Classification: Fiction
Themes: patience, social skills, life skills

What's it about?
This is the story of Isabel. A lively young girl who is friendly and kind but...she lacks patience. In order to help her learn to be patient her mother, followed by her father, teach her a song about being patient. Gradually as Isabel practises being patient she becomes the teacher when she needs to remind her parents of the importance of being...patient.

I really liked that this book wasn't text heavy. It was succinct and gets the point of the story across to the reader really well. I must also mention the illustrations - they are very child friendly - bright and colourful and really engaging for the target audience.

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My Thoughts...Use It
This book really appealed to me for a couple of reasons. First, it's great to see a book featuring an African-American family as well as a diverse community when scenes are shown. Secondly, I really appreciated the accuracy of the book. As a mother of two toddlers I have to say that teaching patience to one child is difficult enough - when you have two it become a bit of a hit and miss because even my patience can wear thin with them at times! The other (and this is a small detail) that I liked was Isabel pictured in a car seat. Here in Australia children are required to be in car seats until the age of 8 but I rarely (and I mean rarely) see a child in a car seat in the illustrations!

I would highly recommend this book to occasional care, preschools, kindergartens, as well as lower primary school. This book highlights an importance life skills that we all need to develop (and practise). The story is non-confrontational allowing educators (and parents) to read the story and talk about the story. If you are looking for a book that has a good foundation for teaching the Text-to-Self and Text-to-World concepts then this one fits perfectly.

Discussions about this book could relate to when children have felt in a hurry, when have they had to wait, how does waiting make them feel - how do they feel when other children don't wait. The book can then be followed up with some activities to help children practise patience. I'll do a follow-up post with some ideas!

I wish to thank author Dr Crystal Bowe for providing me with a free copy of her book for me to review. I also wish to thank the organisers of Multicultural Children's Book Day for coordinating this wonderful event between authors, publishers, reviewers, and the reading public.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Current Sponsors: MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

 2018 Author Sponsors Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim 

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE

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  1. Happy MCBD to you!!! Thank you for joining us and sharing this wonderful book.

  2. Yes, patience is such an important quality to teach! This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for participating in MCBD!