cover image Your Hand in My Hand

Your Hand in My Hand

Mark Sperring, illus. by Britta Teckentrup. Scholastic Press, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-545-80642-8

Two speckled mice—one big, one little—wander together through a wooded landscape, beginning their walk under light snowfall and meandering throughout a cycle of seasons. A sweet, simple poem with a tone and cadence reminiscent of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! emphasizes the strength and comfort that their relationship provides: “So, why waste a moment?/ There’s no time to spare!/ With your hand in my hand,/ what wonders we’ll share.” Teckentrup’s grainy landscapes introduce blooming flowers, rain showers, a rainbow, and a bevy of curious animals. As holly berries grow and snow falls again, the mice snuggle close, finally arriving in a cozy tree burrow. Readers anxious about changing circumstances should find solace in the message about unfaltering love and devotion, regardless of weather or season. Ages 3–5. (Nov.)