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Home to Me, Home to You Hardcover – August 3, 2005

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PreSchool-Grade 2–This story alternates between the point of view of a young girl at home and that of her mother, who's been away on business for a week. As they describe their individual activities, they both express their excitement that they will soon be together again. What makes this book satisfying is its thoughtful, well-defined structure as the author presents parallels in the actions of the two characters. When the girl is busy with her play-group friends building tall buildings and an airport out of blocks, her mother is looking out the plane window where skyscrapers and highways diminish to the size of toys. As the youngster takes a nap, so too the woman drifts off to sleep to the plane's constant rumble. The typeface is distinct to each speaker. The gouache illustrations focus on the characters with just enough detail to define each changing scene. The pictures are bold and immediate but at the same time exude great warmth. Featuring a loving and supportive family, this title will provide comfort to readers who are faced with separation from a parent.–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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PreS-Gr. 2. "Mommy comes home today!" As a little girl eagerly awaits her mother's return from a week away on business, alternating first-person voices of the child and Mommy express their feelings and anticipation. Daddy, evidently a house-husband, plays with the child, fixes her lunch, reassures her, and answers her questions: "Is that Mommy's plane?" Side-by-side images capture emotions and time-filling activities: the girl decorates invitations for her birthday party to show her mom; Mom uses her laptop on the airplane to finish her reports; both take naps. This is a realistic snapshot of a now-common family situation, with soft, bright gouache illustrations that expressively convey the sentiments. Use this comforting, reassuring portrayal to update Carolyn's Bauer's My Mom Travels a Lot (1981). Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; First Edition; First Impression edition (August 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316609226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316609227
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
Kids with traveling parents will connect with this sweet story that chronicles a day in the life of a mother and child who are looking forward to reuniting at the end of the day.

As someone who has been the traveling parent and the at home parent, I can say that Home to Me, Home to You perfectly captures the emotions of the working parent and the child at home. A wonderfully-reassuring book that shows children that they are loved-no matter how far away work takes mom and dad.

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Precious book, beautifully written. Perfect, bittersweet story for any mother (or father) who is away a lot on business and misses being home with her/his baby. Lovingly written and beautifully illustrated.
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This book masterfully portrays the love and longing shared by a young child and her busy mother, who is away on a business trip. Ashley Wolffs' glowing paintings capture every nuance of the characters' linked emotions, while also portraying their parallel activities:

while at her playgroup, daughter builds a miniature city of blocks, while mom flies over a real city "the size of her toys"; home with her dad, daughter works on party invitations, while mom catches up with work on her laptop; child takes a nap in her cozy bed while weary mom naps on the plane. This creative and sensitive approach to an often stressful situation will be appreciated by many children and their travelling parents.
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