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From Barnes & NobleActor and musician Will Smith has teamed up with award-winning illustrator Kadir Nelson to create a touching and telling story of a father's love for his son. Just the Two of Us examines a father's reflections on his son's life from infanthood through to young adulthood. With words derived from Smith's hit single of the same name and Nelson's beautifully rendered pencil and oil illustrations, this touching tale addresses some of the many ups and downs, joys and heartaches, and rewards and challenges of life. Underlying it all is a rousing theme of togetherness that suggests a loving father-and-son team can accomplish anything if they stick together.
While the driving force behind Just the Two of Us is a father's intense love and lifelong commitment to his child, Smith also touches on such weighty and trouble-prone topics as hate, anger, peer pressure, and broken hearts. The narrator father prepares his son for some of these curve balls of life, encouraging him to face them with dignity, honesty, and consideration for others. The pictures and text may well serve as a launching platform for discussion -- a safe way to broach potentially difficult subjects. As such, it is suitable for kids ranging in age from toddlers to adolescence, making this book a long-lived companion. (Beth Amos)