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Parachute Hardcover – April 1, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2-Toby has a parachute. It's useful for many things, such as getting out of bed or stepping down from his breakfast chair or from his stool after brushing his teeth. Just having his parachute backpack on makes Toby feel safe and secure. When his cat Henry is caught in a tree, Toby cleverly uses his parachute to rescue him. But now he needs a way to get down on his own. Anyone who has been or known a child with a security blanket can relate to Toby's experience of fear and the comfort such an item can bring. The simplicity and sincerity of the story is well known and oft told. Yet this is also a story of perspective. Parker's remarkable digital images portray Toby's fear in exaggerated depth, height, and sense of danger with an added air of whimsy that amplifies his circumstances as only a child's imagination can. This is an extraordinary picture book that will delight yet inspire discussion by young children and slightly older ones as well. VERDICT An excellent addition to any library. Highly recommended.-Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This sweet story about facing childhood fears is perfectly paired with whimsical and captivating illustrations."
Wall Street Journal
"Emotionally insightful. . . . We see Toby confronting his fears and, step by step, overcoming them in this resonant and visually striking tale."
"Creative and captivating."
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ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. They are very creative and large on the page for younger viewers. The illustrator does a great job at showing height perspective from Toby's eyes making things look taller than they really are. The illustrations are eye catching and the details drew me in.
REVIEW: This was an interesting tale about a boy who is afraid of heights, but finds a way (the parachute) to over come his fear in order to live his life to the fullest. And I love the fact that there is no instant lack of fear towards the end of the book when Toby faces his fear. Instead, Toby gradually takes more chances and uses his parachute less and less as he learns to feel safe without it. There is a bit of fantasy thrown into the illustrations, but it works because this is a story from Toby's eyes and mind. This is an all around great book to share with your child about fears and facing them. It's short and it's simple. Kids will love it.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 4-8
NOTE: I received free copy of this book from Library Thing and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A cute story. Toby (the MC) always carries a parachute, which acts as his "security blanket," but he uses it to help someone else and learns to be brave without it. Fun illustrations and a good theme (overcoming fears) for young children.
LT Early Reviewer