Momo Come Home

April 23rd, 2012 · 3 Comments · Books

Review By SANDI LANCASTER

Momo Come Home addresses a topic of interest to many children – the disappearance of a beloved pet. At the start of this self-published picture book, the narrator is walking down the street with her small pet parrot, Momo, when the parrot suddenly flies away. The rest of the story chronicles the numerous attempts made by the narrator to find her parrot and get him back. The narrator eventually finds Momo after an extensive search, and she unsuccessfully attempts to catch Momo as the parrot keeps flying away. At the end of the story, after many repeated attempts, the narrator succeeds in catching her parrot.

The pictures are sweet, and the story held the attention of both my four-year old daughter and her four-year old friend as I read it to them. The book has some grammatical errors and at times the wording is a bit awkward. However, this went totally unnoticed by my four-year old audience, who remained content throughout the reading.

Throughout the story, the narrator’s love and concern for her parrot shine through. Some vegan families may really appreciate the depth of the love that the narrator feels for Momo. Other vegan families may have questions about whether or not an escaping pet bird may be demonstrating a desire to be free. The story can perhaps serve as a starting point for a discussion with vegan children about both perspectives – the love people can feel for pets, as well as what habitats are best for various animals.

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  • Homa

    When I was a kid a large number of parakeets escaped (I think a truck transporting them crashed) & they lived in a tree by a school where my dad worked as a custodian. This was California, mind you, so the weather was nice! I do tell my kids birds like to be free but I don’t know what we’ll decide if they ask for a pet bird when they’re older.

  • Jessica

    Your story, Homa, and the cover image of Momo Come Home remind me of the wonderful documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, which I’ve recommended on twitter and will re-recommend here. I love birds in the wild, but I would say no if kiddo asked to keep one as a pet — we do not have the space, and many species are a lifetime commitment. Besides, having a bird would either be torture or entirely too much fun for our cat!

  • Homa

    It is on my netflix list, hope to watch it soon! We have a hummingbird feeder out and get lots of bird watching in that way. :)

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