Taking Time

Lantana. Apr. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781911373087.
PreS-Gr 1–Mixed-media illustrations offer a soft focus view of children in multiple environs around the world. In specific landscapes, each child is shown doing something different. One child delicately smiles and snuggles a husky dog in the snow, while another gazes at a flock of jungle parrots. One child rides a camel; another one watches women in ankle-length dresses fish with nets at the shore. Each page provides one sentence that begins “Taking time to,” and the final celebration page is filled with all the children under a blossoming tree, taking time to “cherish you, and also cherish me.”
VERDICT The story celebrates the virtues of various places. Teachers can encourage students to describe specific things that bring them joy.

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