Rosenthal (Awake Beautiful Child) uses a gentle rhyme to remind readers that a parent's love is always present, even when said parent is not: "That shimmering star?/ That's me winking at you./ That drifting cloud?/ That's me thinking of you." In pastel-hued images set against cream backdrops, White (Counting with Barefoot Critters) offers delicately detailed scenes of happily independent, racially diverse children riding bicycles, resting in hammocks, or gazing at crashing waves. One mother shows up in the final pages, but the absence of adults in most of the images, combined with the reassurances of Rosenthal's verse, should make this a comforting resource for children separated from their parents for any reason. Ages 3–7. Author's agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. Illustrator's agent: Nicole Tugeau, Tugeau2. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2016 Release date: 12/27/2016 Genre: Children's
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