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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Daniela and her grandfather enjoy a walk through the woods together. All along the way they express their love by saying about how they see each other. For example, Grandpa says "You are my earth," and Daniela replies "You are my sky." This is a picture-book poem that celebrates the relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 0.7
Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: The girl on the cover attracted my daughter's attention. She instantly saw herself and her grandfather in that image. There aren't a lot of words, but the illustrations are captivating, and we spent lots of time just looking at the imagery.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful book in illustration and words. The sentiments are heartfelt, but expressed in a way that even young children would be able to embrace the feelings. It would make a lovely gift for a grandparent.
Pros: Beautiful illustrations engage readers and slows them down to enjoy the moment. Readers want to just sit and hold the book because they want that feeling to linger.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a beautiful book that is meant to be shared. It would make a very nice gift for a grandfather.
Educational Themes: This is a book all about love. Grandpa and Daniela describe their feelings in complementary pairs, and this may be a way to introduce a game with your own kids. The text is quite simple and basic vocabulary is repeated often, so if you are interested in introducing a second language in your house, this is a nice choice.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.