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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
The illustrations in Cuddled and Carried by Dia L. Michels make you want to cuddle and carry the book itself. Simple sentences will promote a child self-reading from the art work, even if they don’t know the words. Pandas, koalas, cougars, and many more animals share the meaning of love throughout the picture book. The animal parents cuddle, groom, guide, snuggle, and more in their loving relationship with their babies. Cuddled and Carried’s short lines and amazing illustrations make it easy to extend children’s joy of the material through questioning and also through the use of the material in the back of the book.
Cuddled and Carried by Dia L. Michels is one of those books children will ask to be read over and over. Mike Speiser’s amazing lifelike illustrations share nurturing relationships of a variety of animals and their babies. Cuddled and Carried is available in English, Spanish, or bilingual versions. Ms. Michels' use of picture books to further her goal of normalizing breastfeeding for attachment parenting is a wonderful idea. Information for starting a conversation on this topic is included in the back of the book as well as ideas for building compassion. Ms. Michels includes her website for additional resources on the topic. As of writing this review, the teacher’s guide for Cuddled and Carried is still under construction. However, in viewing other guides on the site, I imagine this one will be of equal quality. The site contains literary resources, interactive material, reading guides, activities using a variety of senses, and much more. I highly recommend Cuddled and Carried as a fun and educational resource.