There are special occasions for bringing back memories, such as during important celebrations or while lingering with family and friends. For parents, grandparents, and other close members in a family, this extraordinary picture book helps pinpoint a child's "lasts," those incredible moments when a boy or girl achieves a proud feat in academics or sports, when a scared kid cuddles on your lap for the last time as thunder and lightning pierce the night, or for any number of "lasts" that we may not have properly documented. In an age of digital media, such unique moments can easily be captured on the spot. However, do any of us think about it at the time? How do you recognize and know that a particular moment is indeed the last time your child will say or do something? Not to worry. No matter your age, this is an excellent way to include your own family in remembering poignant "lasts" that we all experience. Simple poetry sings to our hearts, resonating with the many wonders of childhood which somehow transforms every individual into adulthood. Time may drag on when kids are little, but suddenly it speeds up in a flurry of connections, milestones, responsibilities, distractions, and related sentiments. Children seem to grow up too fast in more ways than one as technology sweeps through every aspect of daily lives. In spite of today's modern hectic pace, the author helps to recall "precious, simple moments and bright flashes from your past," directly speaking to one specific child who may be mine or yours. Kingsbury focuses on another important theme: "I want to hold on longer." If we could actually pinpoint any of the "lasts," we would indeed hold on much longer. She then closes with,"Let me hold on longer, God, to every precious last" as the infant passes through childhood and goes to college as a young adult. Lyrical rhyme flows on every page while large, engaging color illustrations provide lovely personal memories for readers. This author definitely shares from her heart. She tells about her youngest son Austin in a note at the beginning of the book when he jumped into her arms to whisper, "I love you, Mommy." Was that the last time? No, but it soon will be. Since she has six children, she knows how quickly youngsters grow up and that special moments will be treasured for generations. This read-aloud will also be a generous gift for anyone who has someone they want to remember over the years in a very touching way. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has created a touching reminder that the years of childhood fly too quickly by us.
Most of us faithfully remember and capture our children’s “firsts.” Karen encourages readers to try to recognize and savor the often-fleeting “lasts”those milestones that so easily go unrecorded.
The illustrations by Mary Collier provide a lighthearted portrayal of everyday family life . . . pictures we can all relate to. You and your children of all ages will smile, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear over them together.
Let Me Hold You Longer is a heartwarming reminder of the precious process of growing up and the joys of watching it happen.