Review by A. E. Jaskiewicz
It’s springtime, which means that the Vultures will be coming back to their summer home. Little Chipmunk doesn’t like the Vultures because they are funny looking. No matter how much his mother tells him not to, Little Chipmunk is going to keep making fun of the Vultures because they are different. That’s when Mother Chipmunk concocts a plan to make sure that Little Chipmunk learns a lesson, while also learning to make friends with the Vultures. The question is, will her plan work?
Vultures in the Cemetery is a story about learning to appreciate the beauty of all creatures, even if they do look different from you. Most of the time, there is a reason that someone or something looks the way it does, so everyone should learn the whole story before they ridicule and judge others.
There are many different animals that pop up throughout the story, but mostly the story centers around the Chipmunks and the Vultures. Mother Chipmunk definitely fulfills her duties of being a good mother figure. She is stern but loving, which is similar to how most kids view their own mothers. Little Chipmunk is mostly good, but still has a lot to learn, which seems like a character most kids could relate to. However, kids could also easily relate to the young Vulture, especially if they’ve ever been picked on. So, generally kids should find the characters fun and relatable.
The illustrations in the book will be very helpful, especially if kids aren’t familiar with what a Vulture or some of the other animals may look like. Aside from that, kids will enjoy the colorful and realistic pictures that show up on various pages in the book. There are not pictures on every page, however, which may not be as interesting for some very young readers, but kids who are starting to read on their own will certainly not mind.
There is a corresponding lesson guide to go along with this book. So, if teachers would like to use the book as part of their lesson the lesson guide is a helpful tool for them. Plus, it will help get kids more involved with the story.
Vultures in the Cemetery is a cute and charming
book for kids, especially around the kindergarten or primary grade age
range. It does have a positive message
for kids to learn, and the story is told in a cute way.
Plus, the book title may appeal to some
reluctant readers, especially if they are boys.