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I Love You Near and Far

Overview

I love you long distance, across all those miles. Sometimes parents divorce. Sometimes mom or dad is sent overseas to fight. And sometimes cherished members of the family?grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins?live too far away to see every day. This sweet rhyming story, written from the child's point of view, is a love letter to those who may not be geographically near?but remain very close at heart.
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Overview

I love you long distance, across all those miles. Sometimes parents divorce. Sometimes mom or dad is sent overseas to fight. And sometimes cherished members of the family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins—live too far away to see every day. This sweet rhyming story, written from the child's point of view, is a love letter to those who may not be geographically near—but remain very close at heart.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/10/2014
A young anthropomorphic kitten comes to understand that, although her father and grandmother are far away (her father is in the military, and her grandma lives across the country), distance doesn’t weaken the bond she shares with them. (Modern technology and care packages help, too.) Henry keeps his mixed-media artwork simple, with solid colors and unadorned backgrounds, and Parker uses repetition to lullaby effect: “Wherever you live—if it’s near or it’s far.../ I love you wherever, wherever you are.” Moments of sadness are to be expected, Parker suggests (“But, sometimes, it just gets too hard to miss you”), though the ever-present support of the cat’s mother counterbalances the longing she feels for those separated by distance. Readers with absent family members should find solace in the gentle message. Ages 3–5. Illustrator’s agency: Shannon Associates. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“The rhyming story of a little cat who misses his grandmother and father, who both live far away. With the world growing smaller and smaller, many children have relatives who live at a distance. Whether a parent is stationed abroad for the military or a grandmother happens to live across the country, children miss their beloved family, despite the connection that computers, letters and phone calls give. Speaking in the first person, this little kitty starts by placing pictures of Grandma and Dad on the big wall map. 'I know that we live far away, far apart. / But I can still love you with all of my heart.' Packages and Skype-like sessions work well for a while, but there are times when the little kitty is just too sad to be apart. Soon, both grandmother and father are on the way, by taxi, train and plane, and a joyful reunion occurs, just in time, it seems, for the kitty's birthday. The singsong rhyme will allow new readers to easily memorize this comforting book, and sunny illustrations, especially of Grandma knitting all sorts of sweaters, keep the tone light." —Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-22
The rhyming story of a little cat who misses his grandmother and father, who both live far away.With the world growing smaller and smaller, many children have relatives who live at a distance. Whether a parent is stationed abroad for the military or a grandmother happens to live across the country, children miss their beloved family, despite the connection that computers, letters and phone calls give. Speaking in the first person, this little kitty starts by placing pictures of Grandma and Dad on the big wall map. "I know that we live far away, far apart. / But I can still love you with all of my heart." Packages and Skype-like sessions work well for a while, but there are times when the little kitty is just too sad to be apart. Soon, both grandmother and father are on the way, by taxi, train and plane, and a joyful reunion occurs, just in time, it seems, for the kitty's birthday. The singsong rhyme will allow new readers to easily memorize this comforting book, and sunny illustrations, especially of Grandma knitting all sorts of sweaters, keep the tone light. Unfortunately, the soldier's apparent ability to simply hop on a plane on a whim will seem cruelly unrealistic to children with deployed parents, whose schedules are dictated by the military—not by a child's loneliness. Well-intentioned but confusing at best and actively hurtful at worst. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454905073
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/6/2015
  • Series: Snuggle Time Stories
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 431,763
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


Marjorie Blain Parker has written many picture books, including When Dads Don't Grow Up (Dial Books for Young Readers), Hello, School Bus! (Scholastic), and Mama's Little Duckling (Dutton Children's Books), which School Library Journal called "a standout." She lives in Denver, CO. Check out more of Marjorie's work at marjorieblainparker.com. 
 
Jed Henry lives in Provo, UT. Most recently he's the author and illustrator of Cheer Up, Mouse! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and I Speak Dinosaur! (Abrams). His book Can't Wait Till Christmas, written by Mike Huckabee, was a New York Times bestseller.
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