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Children's LiteratureEach page of this picture book alternates a passage from a young girl who is anxiously awaiting her mother's return and with one from the mother who is on a long plane trip heading back home. Both mother and daughter enjoy their activities apart even though their thoughts are often of each other. The underlying message is that separation and long absences make the anticipated reunion all the sweeter. In today's society, there exist many different family structures. It is important for children to know that whatever their family situation, they are not alone and that their parents love them very much. This book helps to reinforce these important facts. The full-page illustrations are bright and colorful and the alternating points of view provide a unique and appealing format for communicating the thoughts and feelings of different characters. 2005, Little Brown and Company/Time Warner Book Group, Ages 4 to 8.