Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Teagan White’s soft, pastel illustrations perfectly reflect Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s gentle message of being soothed by everyday nature, especially during periods of separation. Each page illustrates a message of connection by observing nature, the sunshine, a breeze, raindrop, etc. and reframing it as a loving message. Even a mosquito, butterfly or rainbow brings reassurance to the anxious child, that they remain always connected to their loved ones. This book could also be a tangible explanation and comfort to a child or parent in their grief journey.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Elementary librarians, child therapists, grief counselors.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, therapists or parents hoping to ease a young child’s separation anxiety or grief.
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s picture book, Books exploring Emotions, Books about Nature.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Ma 02467
Date of review: 12/22/2016