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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
"Patty Pom-Poms" written by Alise Cayen is an enjoyable children's book to read and share! Patty wants to be involved in sports just like her older brothers and her friends. Patty tries out for a few teams and these sports are just not for her. One night while at her brother's football game, Patty discovers her sport - being a cheerleader! Patty becomes involved with cheer leading and is a part of a team!
Cayen conveys important messages in this book to her readers. Cayen has included an introduction to her book discussing the importance and benefits of participating in extracurricular activities. However, children can become easily discouraged while participating in try-outs or discovering that something is not really what they thought it would be and then they choose to give up instead of trying again or trying something else. Cayen's story will encourage readers to keep on searching and trying activities until they find that "perfect fit." It also expresses to the readers that it may take a few tries and time to really find a team to belong to and to not give up.
The illustrations are so bright and vivid that they add a lot to the story and will really hold a child's attention. Also, I love that the book is written in rhyme as this also hold's a child's attention and makes for a fun read! The book is a perfect length as it is not too long that children will lose attention, but it is long enough to adequately convey the message to the readers!