Once Upon a Memory – Children’s Book Review

by Jennifer Donovan

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Does a feather remember it once was a bird?

Does a book remember it once was a word?

I’m fascinated about how short a child’s memory can be. My son is 9 1/2. While he remembers some things from when he was young, there are others that he doesn’t. For example, he was recently telling me that we should see a particular movie. I know for certain he saw it more than once in the last several years, but that memory is gone.

Because of the peculiar nature of children’s memories, a book like Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden is a perfect way to explore memories with your child. Whether he or she remembers or not, talking about their past is such a fun way to connect.

When a feather drifts through a child’s window, a magical journey begins. As the boy follows the feather, he is swept away to a world filled with adorable animals, where fantasy and reality come together in surprising and playful ways. From the cake that once was grain to the ocean that once was rain, whimsical “before” and “after” scenes offer readers a peek at the world as seen through the eyes of a curious child, ultimately asking the question, “What will you remember?”

This is a simply beautiful book as well. The illustrations by Renata Liwska are lovely.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Alvina Castro December 30, 2013 at 4:01 am

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2 Kristie December 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

Sounds like such a neat book! I’d like to share it with my kiddos.
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3 anne December 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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I’d love to share it with my niece!

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7 Meghan December 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

My 7yo son!!
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8 Wehaf December 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

My younger nieces would love this!

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9 Tamar December 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I’d share this with my children.

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10 Noreen December 31, 2013 at 2:24 am

My daughters would both love the book
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11 Nicole Newby December 31, 2013 at 9:27 am

I would love to win this book for my son.

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12 vickie couturier December 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

one of my grandchildren

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13 Karen O December 31, 2013 at 11:56 am

I would love to win this for my little granddaughter.

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14 Karen O December 31, 2013 at 11:58 am

I would love to win this for my little granddaughter. She loves to be read to.

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I would share it with my daughter!

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16 Pauline Milner December 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm

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17 Jenny December 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm

My son and daughter would enjoy this book!

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18 Kambrea January 1, 2014 at 7:55 am

What a neat idea for a book. I would love to share this with my kids.

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19 Jessica T January 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm

my darling daughter!

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20 Donna L January 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I would like to give this book to my grandkids.

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21 Tanya Holland January 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm

My two daughters would love it.

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22 Jacquelyn Cannon January 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I would share this with my grandson.

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23 Charlene S January 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I would share with my niece.

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24 angie January 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

would love to share this with my grand-children

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25 Idaho Jill January 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I’d love to share it with my daughter
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26 Kathy Davis January 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I would love to share this book with my granddaughter, Nellie.

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27 beth shepherd January 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I would share this with my daughter. Thank you

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28 Nannypanpan January 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

My son would love it

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29 Jeannie B January 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I would share it with my amazing son! :)

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30 staceyk January 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm

would share with my children

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31 Lorraine January 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I would share it with Lia, my granddaughter . 🌺🌞🌼

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32 Lorraine January 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I would share it with Lia, my granddaughter .

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33 Lorraine January 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

I would share it with my granddaughter

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34 Lorraine Schlienger January 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I would share it with my granddaughter and we could create our very own memories.

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35 Tyneisha Fondren January 5, 2014 at 12:41 am

I would share this with my daughter. She is young but it is never too early to create great memories!

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36 Amy January 6, 2014 at 1:19 am

I’d love to share this with my son!

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37 Amy Sheets January 6, 2014 at 1:21 am

I’d love to share this with my son! He isn’t old enough to understand it yet, but in time he’ll comprehend more and more. They sure grow up fast!

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38 Karen Propes January 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I would love to share with my Granddaughter, she loves reading so much.
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39 Stephanie January 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm

I’d share this book with my daughter!

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40 Sindy Murray January 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

I would share it with my son Gabriel!

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41 Jen Robinson January 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I hardly ever enter contests, but this sounds like a book that I would like to share with my daughter, code-name Baby Bookworm.
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42 Monica schippers January 6, 2014 at 11:37 pm

My son and my Students wOuld love this book

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43 Monica schippers January 6, 2014 at 11:38 pm

My son and my students would love this book!

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44 Deborah January 7, 2014 at 2:15 am

I’d share it with my cat!

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45 Sarah E January 7, 2014 at 8:59 am

My kids and niece and nephew who loved Peek-a-Who. :-)

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46 Pat Miller January 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

I would like to share this book with my daughter, and to be honest, with myself!

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47 Susan Smith January 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

I would like to share this book with my daughter

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48 Lil January 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

My niece & nephews

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49 Francine Anchondo January 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm

with my kids

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50 michelle January 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm

looks like a wonderful book. my daughters would love it!
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51 Julie Daoust January 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Would love to read this with my children during our story before bedtime.

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I would share with my son :)

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I would share this with my son

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54 Lauren E. January 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

my daughter, she would like it

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I would share this with my daughter.

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56 Amanda Boerst January 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I would share this with my two year old son :)

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My niece Stella

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I would share it with My niece Stella
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59 Heather B January 8, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I would love to share this with my children especially my youngest we love reading together

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I would share this wonderful book with my grandkids.

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i would share with my children.

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I’d share it with my niece.

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I would share this with my nephew!

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with my nephew!

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with my little girl

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I would love to share this with my grandson, Carter
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67 Nicole C. January 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

I would love to share it with my niece!

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My niece Cameron.

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70 Gina Ferrell January 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm

I would like to share this with my daughter because she loves when I read to her.

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This would be nice to share with my son and daughter

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my daughter Lily.

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Love to share with my little Nephew.

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I would love this for my grandchildren

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I would love this for a friends child :)

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I would love this book for my daughter.

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77 Sarah Harding January 11, 2014 at 9:57 am

I think my son might like this for our reading time.

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I would like to give this to my nephew. Thank you

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79 Tricha January 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

My niece Jillie

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80 Jane H January 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

My children may be a bit too old to read to but the message is just as apropos. Thanks for the chance to win.

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82 Laurie Emerson January 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm

I would share this with my son and daughter.

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I would share it with my niece

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I will share this wonderful book with my son.

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