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Did I miss something? Short book--weak typography and rhythm, somewhat confusing thoughts.
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2020
Okay, the artwork is outstanding - but only 15 pages of it. The story is simple and yet aimed for ages 0-6 and grade levels primary to second. How do you reconcile those two? As usual in children's ebooks, the typography is unimaginative and small. Hardly any child will be caught up by the words. It takes manipulation to read the lines. The message, as sweet and uplifting AS IT SEEMS, is not brought out well in reading this book out loud to youngsters.
Here's a STORYTELLING HINT to make this book work better. The reader (parent, older child, etc.) needs to make the story interact with the child and vice-versa. Expand on the ideas, ask questions, get a child's reactions, build rhythm and question-and-answer style. Use the Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein methods. Make those long sentences sing: "And maybe on some far-off day,/ if you're as lucky as me, /the newest person in the world?/ will open their eyes to see/ a grown-up you smiling back at them." Besides grammatical problems, that's a complicated and muddled scenario even for older children to grasp. It might make parents feel good, but that's not what the book is meant for. One read or two, without the reader's interactions this book loses interest.
So this book is going to require much more than someone reading it silently or aloud. The reader can make the illustrations the story by using them to draw in the children. This book won't stand well by itself.