"I'm going to spend the night at Rosa's house," said Daisy. But nobody heard her.
Being a middle child isn't easy
Nobody ever listens to Daisy. Her father was chopping carrots. Her mother was talking on the phone. Her big sister was chasing her little brother around and around the kitchen table. So it was no surprise that no one heard where Daisy went, even though she told them.
With humorous text and striking, bold illustrations, this book captures the frustration of a middle child trying to be heard over the noise of a well-meaning family.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–Middle children will
easily identify with Daisy, who has a know-it-all older sister and a pesky
younger brother. Everyone in her African-American family speaks for her. When
she tries to speak for herself, no one listens. The breaking point comes when
her friend invites her to a sleepover. Mother says that Daisy has never slept at
someone's house, and her sister insists she will come home in the middle of the
night. Daisy announces that she is going to Rosa's anyway, but no one hears.
When the family finally goes in search of her, they discover a Daisy they never
knew. The text is brief, extended by the details and facial expressions in the
mixed-media, double-page illustrations. In the first spread, Cummings offers an
arresting close-up of Daisy, her face split down the middle by the book's
gutter, hair flying across both pages, hands up to her head in a gesture of
hopelessness. Her family cavorts on either side. The contrast between that
picture, on a blue background, and the last one, when "for the first time,
everybody listened [to Daisy]," is marvelous. Here she is depicted on a yellow
ground, is once again in the middle, her hands are again up, but her expression
is one of delight. Pair this engaging read-aloud with Brigitte Weninger's
Davy in the Middle (North-South, 2004).– Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk
Community College, CT