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"The whole world opened to me when I learned to read." More
Summary: A young girl asks her mother if her father still loves her when he isn't home. Her mother suggests that if she looks quietly at the world, she will hear his love. This more sophisticated tale is for older children dealing with separation anxiety.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 3.6
Age of Child: Read with child 2½ years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He never sat through the whole book. We started reading it at different places, but only got in a few pages at a time.
Adult Reader Reaction: It is a good story, with a wonderful message: a parent's love never goes away, even if they aren't nearby. The illustrations, while beautiful, seem dark for the message.
Pros: This is a great book for a family where someone travels frequently. Just looking at the illustrations alone is quite soothing.
Cons: Even at the end, you're not quite convinced that the young girl accepted her mother's guidance … and the target audience is smart enough to sense that.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a lovely book, but not one that you'd need to have at your fingertips for lots of readings.
Educational Themes: The story is excellent in several ways. First, it can reassure kids that their question is normal and that their parents love them, even when they aren't physically present. It's also a good way of introducing or reinforcing the idea of listing to nature.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fables and folklore, family, picture book