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Lead by example. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002
Material: hard cover
Summary: A parent offers words of reassurance to a child who is wondering how the parent loves him when they aren't around. This is book helps explain how a parent's love works.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: This one got a lukewarm reaction. When it was pulled from the shelf, s/he would come sit and listen quietly. It was not, however, one that was requested, nor did s/he take any interest in the illustrations.
Adult Reader Reaction: The parent's selection of events are exactly those that mean the most to a child: playing together, exploring together, learning new things. It is a nice read, but wears out quickly.
Pros: Younger kids will connect with the events described in the times of day the parent says he'll be there.
Cons: The illustrations (watercolor photos) can seem blurry, and the border makes the presentation distracting,.The missing parent is very obviously a dad, so the book may not work for explaining how mom will be there.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. If there's a dad who travels a lot, this is a good story to help explain what he wishes he was doing!