Each 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.
PreS-Gr 2-This story alternates between the point of view of a young girl at home and that of her mother, who's been away on business for a week. As they describe their individual activities, they both express their excitement that they will soon be together again. What makes this book satisfying is its thoughtful, well-defined structure as the author presents parallels in the actions of the two characters. When the girl is busy with her play-group friends building tall buildings and an airport out of blocks, her mother is looking out the plane window where skyscrapers and highways diminish to the size of toys. As the youngster takes a nap, so too the woman drifts "off to sleep to the plane's constant rumble." The typeface is distinct to each speaker. The gouache illustrations focus on the characters with just enough detail to define each changing scene. The pictures are bold and immediate but at the same time exude great warmth. Featuring a loving and supportive family, this title will provide comfort to readers who are faced with separation from a parent.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Ericsson crafts a tale addressing a common occurrence in contemporary family life: separation due to business travel. In her compassionate story, a mother and child reunite after the mother's weeklong business trip. She slowly builds each character's anticipation over the course of a day, moving the text smoothly back and forth from the mother's perspective to her daughter's as they describe their activities and emotional state throughout Mommy's long journey and daughter's long wait. Although it lacks any lyrical tone, the narrative offers a fictionalized yet truly life-like accounting of this scenario. Despite her style of factual reporting, she does convey how much the parent and child are on each other's minds as they go through the day's activities. Wolff's colorful, full-bleed illustrations neatly contrast the homey, suburban environment of the child with the more urban scenes of a busy city and airport in the mother's travel, helping young children visualize their parent's work and travel environment. Young readers experiencing their first separation, as well as their more seasoned counterparts, will find equal comfort in this offering. (Picture book. 4-8)