Review: Never Too Much by Aundrea Tabbs-Smith

Posted May 31, 2024 by Richetta in Book Reviews, Children's Books / 0 Comments

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Review: Never Too Much by Aundrea Tabbs-SmithNever Too Much by Aundrea Tabbs-Smith
Illustrator: Vanessa Kaliwo
Published by Books & Things Publishing on May 28, 2024
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction / Cooking & Food, Juvenile Nonfiction / Health & Daily Living / Mindfulness & Meditation, Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / African American & Black
Pages: 34
Format: Paperback
Source: Books & Things Publishing
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Is there really such thing as too much of something? Too much of a specific ingredient while cooking? Too much personality? With the help of her mom, Charlee will learn a great lesson about being true to herself.

Charlee is a girl who loves to bake. She loves to bake cookies, cakes, muffins and pies. Her treats are always a crowd favorite. However, while baking one afternoon with her mom, she mistakenly puts too much of one of the ingredients inside of her most famous recipe. This mistake causes Charlee to question if her famous treat will turn out okay. She also begins question if when people say that she is too much if that is not okay, as well.

Never Too Much is an inspiring picture book that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking a look at the words people say that may make us question ourselves. Charlee encourages us to be all of who we are.

Talking About Self-Esteem and Feelings With Your Children

Never Too Much by Aundrea Tabbs-Smith is a beautiful celebration of self even when others might make you feel bad. Charlee is a baker. She loves to bake and will bake all kinds of food at all times of the year. Her mom helps her in the kitchen as her sous chef. But one day, after completing a recipe, Charlee discovers that she added too much of an ingredient. 

Her mother quickly sees that adding too much cinnamon isn’t the only thing that is making Charlee sad. The “too much cinnamon” has triggered her to think of all of the times she had been called too much at school. 

Discussing Feelings

Never Too Much by Aundrea Tabbs-Smith is a great book for discussing thoughts and feelings children might be experiencing but haven’t shared yet. It’s a good opportunity for parents to talk to their children about things that might be bothering them. 

Charlee’s mom does a great job of listening to Charlee and reaffirming her through the metaphor of Charlee’s favorite hobby, baking. It is important that children learn how to overcome obstacles that might stand in their way of them building their own sense of self and strengthening their self-esteem. 

Great Opportunity for a Parent-Child Read Aloud

Every child has that moment(s) of doubt that who they are might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But Never Too Much gives kids a way to see that who they are is awesome. This is a positive parent-child relationship book to read with your elementary age kiddos. 

Fun & Meaningful Activity

A great activity after reading would be to create your own “What Makes Me” ingredient list with your child. You can help each other develop your lists of what makes each of you uniquely you. 

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