The tender and fragile relationship between a boy and his recently divorced dad is explored in this reassuring book. On a dark and rainy day, boy and father, set out in rain gear to make the best of the dreary weather. They follow a stream through the trees and eventually to the waterfront where the smell of fish is strong and the taste of sea spray, salty. In wet and muddy clothes they munch on broken cookies. Handsome illustrations convey the weight of the oppressive weather and the apprehension of the boy on his first arranged visit with his dad. The bright spots in the sky and the patches of blue are symbols that reassure the reader and the boy that this relationship is headed for happy times. This quiet and comforting story will bring hope to any child caught in the confusion of change. 2000, Carolrhoda, Ages 6 to 9, $15.95. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
K-Gr 2-A gentle mood piece about the relationship of a father and son after a divorce. Nick is visiting at his dad's new apartment and the weather spoils their plans for the day. Still, they make their own fun by splashing in puddles, dodging waves at the cold shore, playing in the stream at the park, and just enjoying being together. Realistic renderings of father and son are set on impressionistic backgrounds. This contrast causes the characters to stand out as though they were photographed through a diffusing filter. Rinaldi varies the layout and angles so that the pictures appear to be "shot" from different heights and perspectives. This reassuring book is a good choice for parents and caregivers seeking stories that deal with divorce or separation.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.