This wonderfully written story by Gabriella Martin will be a big hit with young readers.
This very moving story, done in the form of a picture book, is about the importance of mentorship. Seen, first, through the eyes of a little girl who is asking her mother to simply hold her hands, the story takes the young reader through the stages of life when mothers may have to hold their daughters' hands and ends with the adult child holding the mother's hand. Any mother will enjoy reading this lovely book to her young reader.
While the story seems geared towards mother-daughter relationships, the sentiments are true for every kind of relationship where some kind of mentorship can be expected. It starts with the child going to the beach with her mother, then to the doctors office, then to grade school, then to university, then getting married and having her own baby. Throughout the mentee's life, while everything changes, the mentor is the constant she can rely on. Finally, the mentor is in the hospital and the mentee is there with her.
The vivid artwork looks like pencil drawings aimed at relaxing young readers. While the colours are not bold, the thoughtful art will connect with its readers.
My favourite part of the book is the audacious poetry, which will draw the reader into the variety of circumstances that any young child will encounter growing up. The author uses rhyme and beat to capture the reader's attention in short sentences, which gives the reader the desire to keep reading. The book's poetry dealt with lost and grieving with such joyful endurance that children will learn to see death as only a phase in life.
I would recommend this book to any reader. It is beautiful to look at, and it is easy to read.
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