by Antoinette Portis
Interest level: PreK-3
Reading level: beginning reader
5 out of 5 stars
The beauty of this book is its simplicity. Using just three words, Antoinette Portis has created a book that shows the push and pull of life as the adult hurries to make the train on time and the child wants to stop and experience the everyday beauty of the world.
The illustrations are created using pencil, charcoal, and ink, with color added digitally. The figures in the story have a thick outline that makes them stand out. What helps carry the story forward is the image of mother and child. The mother is portrayed leaning forward, stretching away from the child toward the destination. The child is looking backward, reaching toward the object his mother wants to bypass.
I have been under the impression that I am one of those blessed adults who still knows that picture books should be read slowly so the pictures can be read, but I must admit that, just like the boy’s mother, I missed the rainbow that the boy sees as they race for the train in the rain.
I bet if this book was done as a read-aloud, the children listening would notice!
Kids will love this book that validates their desire to explore the world, even when their parents try to rush them along. Parents will like the reminder to stop and smell the roses. A wonderful story for everyone!