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Miss You Like Crazy Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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PreS-Gr 1—Mother Squirrel is getting ready for work when small Walnut announces that he would like to stay home, asking plaintively, "Don't you miss me all day?" His mom replies, "Only like crazy." The two make up an imaginary adventure, with Mom and Walnut spending the day at her office, at sea, and in the jungle until Mom has to leave. The tone and dialogue seek to reassure children that they are loved and that Mom will always be there at the end of the day. Squirrel Mom is kindly firm that she must work to pay the rent and buy him things he likes but that she is also good at what she does, which is an affirming message for working mothers. Also reassuring, but slightly twee or quaint, are the illustrations. The colors are muted, and the scenes are somewhat static. The beginning of the imaginary journey is a little confusing. Mom states, "I wish I could fold you up and pack you in my briefcase." The following sentence reads, "Walnut slipped into a side pocket and hid." However, as the illustrations continue in the same style and colors, with little to show an office environment, it takes a while to realize that Walnut pretends to slip into a make-believe briefcase—which assumes that children know what a briefcase is (luckily illustrated) and that it has side pockets. Once past this page, it becomes clearer that mother and son are inventing a story. An additional purchase.—Michelle Anderson, Tauranga City Libraries, New Zealand
A mother squirrel sips coffee while a little squirrel eats cereal in a cozy kitchen. When the mother asks, “Ready to make tracks?” the little squirrel, Walnut, knows it’s time for his mother to go to work and for him to go to school. So begins a line of laments familiar to all working parents. “Don’t you miss me all day?” leads into an imaginative journey that begins with Mom slipping Walnut into her briefcase and includes the exotic places they’d explore if Walnut were a magical computer mouse. Walnut’s second question—“But how come you have to work at all?”—gets a more bare-bones answer of “I have to pay the bills,” but again leads to Mom’s reassurances that Walnut is with her always—on her screen saver, in pictures on her desk, and in office conversation. This charming story, enhanced by the comic details of the soft, cheery illustrations, moves easily between the commonplace and the fantastical, all the while underscoring Mom’s love for Walnut. This ought to resonate with many children and their working parents. Preschool-Grade 1. --Connie Fletcher
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Parents and adults will have fun reading along with this book
"I want to stay home," Walnut groaned.
" Don't you miss me all day?
Mom, who loves her little guy dearly, explains to him that she has to go to work to provide all the things he needs and loves and to make his life happy.
" I go to work so I can pay rent on our den and buy you Nutty Clusters and Super Squirrel socks. And I'm good at what I do. /Just like you are good at kickball and drawing."
She cradles her little son on her lap and they imagine what a day spent together would be like and all the fun that they would have should they spend that quality time with each other. She assures him that he is her top priority and he's on her mind and in her heart as she goes throughout her workday. Mom shares with him that he is on her computer screen, she has a picture of him taped to one of her notebooks inside her briefcase, she adorns her desk top with beautiful framed photos of him, and best of all, she has a miniature snapshot of him in a golden locket hanging around her neck close to her heart.
How can she equip her little one with tangible proof that they will be connected by invisible bonds of love throughout his day too? This sweet charming story will warm your heart as you discover how this loving, creative mom assures her sensitive baby squirrel that she indeed is with him in spirit all through his days and always!
This would be a perfect book to give as a gift to working parents. Rating: 5 Storywraps hugs!
This is a cute little story about a mother and son who must spend their days at work and school when they'd much rather be together and how they deal with that. His mother has photos of Walnut at work, on her computer, and in a locket she wears.
This would be a great book for children of parents who work a lot or kids who want to spend more time with their parents. It helps show that the parent is always thinking about the child and everything they do is to better their lives.
These fluffy-tailed squirrels are adorably illustrated and the story is wonderfully light-hearted and modern.
I received a free ecopy of this book from Netgalley.
This sweet charming story will warm your heart as you discover how this loving, creative mom assures her sensitive baby squirrel that she indeed is with him in spirit all through his days and always! This is a wonderful book to give to new parents as they ponder eventually returning to work and leaving their little one home. It will help the parents as well as the child as they deal with missing their parents. Every family would benefit from this book in their family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Walnut wants to stay home from school with his mom because he wonders if she misses him while they are apart. As they explore the endless possibilities of being together, Walnut's mom tells him her reasons. With a heartfelt story, easy for young children to understand, Mom explains to Walnut that she always carries him with her throughout her day.
Miss You Like Crazy is a highly imaginative tale that is well written and wonderfully illustrated. This is the perfect book for working parents to use as a way to teach their children about adult decisions. I would definitely recommend this book as, whether you are a working parent or not, Miss You Like Crazy can help children to understand the complex lives of adults on their level.
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What a great story to be read by parents to very early...Read more
Author: Pamela Hall
Illustrator: Jennifer A Bell
Publisher: Tanglewood Press