You’ll Find Me

Magination Pr. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781433831263.
PreS-Gr 2–At a time when many kids are facing the loss of a loved one due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this title offers a reassuring take on the topic. In poetic text, an unnamed narrator describes different ways that people we love remain with us after they die. “I will not always be greeting the morning with you. But you’ll find me in the soft sounds of slippered feet.” The concepts in this title are a little abstract, and will likely need to be unpacked for listeners with a discussion during reading or afterward. Reflecting the gentle tone of the book, the illustrations are soft and warm and are primarily in pastel colors. These show kids with a range skin tones engaging in various activities—playing the piano, picking flowers, reading, sitting at a beach, sledding. In most of the pictures, the kids are smiling as they appear to be remembering their lost loved one, creating a hopeful vibe.
VERDICT Although this title doesn’t break any new ground, it is appropriate to give to kids dealing with grief and loss. Recommended for larger collections.

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