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Mini Mia and her darling uncle (edition 2007)

by Pija Lindenbaum

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Title:Mini Mia and her darling uncle
Authors:Pija Lindenbaum
Info:New York, NY : R&S, 2007.
Collections:Your library
Tags:GLBTRT, Rainbow Book List, 2008

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Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle by Pija Lindenbaum



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Darling indeed. I'm not sure I would have been quite so patient with Mia's misbehavior, but apparently she only needed a little time and a little kindness to get over being jealous. And after all, she poured dry sugar on Fergus' shoes, not her juice, so no harm done. ;) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Tommy is Mia's favorite uncle. They do lots of fun things together such as dyeing her hair and people-watching. One day Tommy has a new friend from Scotland, Fergus. Unfortunately, Fergus appears to be horning in on Mia's time with her uncle and she resents the shift in dynamic. When Tommy isn't feeling well, Mia reluctantly plays soccer with Fergus (who, as opposed to Uncle Tommy, can actually play soccer). It goes unsaid in the story but it's apparent from the illustrations that Mia has accepted Fergus.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Mini Mia is a young girl who loves spending time with her uncle Tommy. Uncle Tommy has a new friend named Fergus. Mia does not like that Fergus is always there when she spends time with her uncle. Mia soon discovers that she and Fergus share an interest. They both enjoy playing soccer. Mia soon realizes that Fergus is not such a bad guy.

This book emphasizes the negative feelings that one might feel when being in this type of situation. It is very likely that a teacher will have students in his/her class with same sex parents. Many children do not accept it at first, and this book could help open their minds to the idea. This book will also help them understand the importance of giving people chances.

Realistic Fiction
Reading Level: 2.4
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
This is a great book to teach children voice in writing. The use of dialouge to depict Mia's jealousy and childishness is pure genius. Apart from that, this is a very good book to help children to be aware of homosexuality in the community without being too explicit about it.
  joshuachanyh | Nov 29, 2013 |
The book illustrates how hard it can be to share a special loved one with someone else. I thought Ella's (Mini Mia's) battle with herself here was well portrayed, and although it doesn't talk about the exact same feelings it reminded me of [b:Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse|825081|Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse|Kevin Henkes|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348951683s/825081.jpg|1223344] where resentment is handled in a mature way.

I don't share the view of those who think the book encourages bad behavior. In my opinion, being overly didactic with children often misses the mark. Even three to four year olds often understand more about social dynamics than you think they do. It was quite clear to me, but also to my 4 year old, that Ella's behavior in the book was not exemplary. After the second display of rogue behavior I turned to my son and asked "What do you think?" He quietly shook his head and said "That's not nice!" "It's hurtful to say someone's pants are ugly!" He didn't need a mommy figure in the book to step in and spell those things out. And, anyway, this was not the purpose of the story, more important here, I think, was for them to understand that they are not the only ones to experience feelings of jealousy, but that things often work out all the same.

Also, I don't honestly see the bad in portraying uncle Tommy as this cool, fun friend yet who isn't good at soccer, but who obviously is way more interesting than his three still-living-with-mother brothers. Yes, visual details give little clues about Tommy's personality: Stereotyping? Maybe, but at least it's rather in a good way. He's hip, thus ... ? And, we're all victims of stereotyping anyway. Hey, my little guy yesterday had to tell off his 4 year old girlfriend who in a spurt of jealousy for his pretty tableware lashed off: "You can't use that plate, pink is for girls only!" He told her "Get over it! I don't care. I like pink and I like flowers and that's my choice!!" Finally, I happen to think that Tommy's choice of shirts in bright color prints is his way of defeating stereotype anyway. And he's visibly very accepting of Ella being who she is too. So, let's just all accept each other, and there! ( )
  Fjola | Oct 17, 2013 |
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Ella, whose nickname is "Mini Mia" because her favorite soccer player is Mia Hamm, loves spending time with her uncle Tommy but finds herself a bit put out when she has to share him with his new boyfriend Fergus.

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