A Sweet Book about Acceptance: One More Candle by Merry Susiarjo and Emmeline Pidgen

One More CandleOne More Candle by Merry Susiarjo and Illustrated by Emmeline Pidgen. Ages 4+ (Easily enjoyed by children ages 2+). 32 pages.  Twelve Elves Books.  September 2013.  ISBN-13: 978-2954371207 Fict

At a Glance:

  • This is a beautifully illustrated, sweet and poignant story about a little girl that would like one more candle on her birthday cake because her sister always has one more candle than she does.  After lots of searching, she finally accepts that she’s going to have one less candle than her sister — but surprisingly she is given her heart’s desire.  It’s a great book!  I highly recommend it!

Our Experience Reading this Book:

I received this book for review right around my birthday and my son’s third birthday.  He’s just now getting old enough to really understand birthdays and cakes and CANDLES.  I definitely had forgotten how magical blowing out candles can be — until my son reminded me through his own excitement.  He didn’t even want to eat the cake, he just wanted to blow out the candles again and again.  My husband and I made his birthday cake and decorated it with an excavator on top.  (My husband is the artist; I’m the baker.)  It’s been awhile, but my son still excitedly tells people that he got an excavator birthday cake!  I had no idea that it would mean so much to him.

In One More Candle, the younger sister, Nola, is really focused on the fact that she never has as many candles on her cake as her sister does.  These little things can mean a lot to children and it’s easy to forget.  I appreciate this book because it is a great reminder to me as an adult that what is important to me and what is important to my son is not necessarily the same.

My son loves this book!  We’ve read it dozens of times over the summer.  He’ll pull it out of the stack and ask me to read it to him and I’ve found him a few times flipping through the book and reading it to himself.  It is an elegantly written and illustrated picture book and it is a fantastic book to read to a child before their birthday.  I couldn’t be more impressed with this book.  It’s wonderful.

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Where Obtained:   I received a review copy from the publisher.  No other compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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