by Sally Derby, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell. Lee & Low, 2008. Review copy. Nonie is a little girl who is tired of eating cornmeal mush every day for breakfast. She is also fed up with her little brother's crying and getting all the attention. Fortunately her grandmother's house is just around the corner. Grandma calls her "Sweet Pea" and takes her to church. After church the congregation heads to the park for a picnic. Nonie goes boating with her father and enjoys the swings. By the time they come home to Mama and baby brother Nonie is happy again and ready to share her favorite toy duck.
My three sons have all benefited from having their grandparents living close to us. There have been many times when a visit over to Grammie and Grampa's house have been the magic ticket to needed extra TLC. As soon as I saw No Mush Today! I knew it would become a family favorite. There is just nothing like Grandparent's love!
Jama pointed out in her review that the little ducky is carried with Nonie on every page of the story and acts as a transitional object holding Nonie's family affections. By the end of the story she is cheerfully sharing ducky with her baby brother, just as the adults in her family have shared their attention and affection with her.
The story is told simply, with language and details that young children will delight in and instantly connect with. The illustrations are beautiful and emotive. Tadgill has recently been profiled on Lori Calabrese's blog and on The Brown Bookshelf. Be sure to scroll down to the end of the page at Lori Calabrese's blog to see a widget that scrolls photographs of Tadgill at work in her studio. At the publisher's site you can click on links for coloring book pages to print and a booktalk with Tadgill. If you live in the Worcester, MA area you can catch an art exhibit of Tadgill's work in this book at the Quinsigamond Community College: Administration Building between Feb. 3 and March 7, 2009. Great opportunity!