From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–An enchanting story of familial love. These relatives gather around and take turns comforting, cajoling, and keeping one child happy and out of harms way. Mom and Dad joyfully wait on her hand and foot when she is sick, sisters and brothers make silly faces to make the grumps go away, and her grandmother knits her a blanket from leftover sun should she ever be cold. When she gets lost, her grandfather breaks out an old-fashioned helicopter complete with swarming searchlights held by siblings and the family cat. The lyrical text, in short prose verse, invites loved ones to snuggle down together to share it over and over again, and the springtime repartee, …I will outleap the frog,/outbuzz the bee,/outwink the firefly, will delight read-aloud groups. Valérios acrylic childlike illustrations sparkle with so much color, expression, and engaging design that kids will hardly know where to look first. At times the whimsical characters look too similar to tell them apart, but that doesnt diminish the fun or the sentiment that familial love is unconditional. Great for springtime programs or family-tree units.–Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
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PreS-Gr. 2. Spinelli offers an unusual approach to helping children understand their fears and feelings. Using a comforting refrain ("When you are . . ."), each member of the young girl's family reassures her when she is cold, sick, lonely, tired, grumpy, lost, and happy: "When you are afraid, / I will take your hand / and not let go-- / except once to borrow one hundred tiny stars / to spell out the words: YOU ARE SAFE." Appealingly offbeat, whimsical illustrations characterize the girl's emotions: when she's afraid, she's depicted in a Little Red Riding Hood outfit. Like a Technicolor dream, the art is full of movement and bright color, with smiling, happy people wafting across every spread. This will be great for lap sharing; children will feel warmed by the sense of close family ties. Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved