The Blur

Random/Knopf. May 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593377468.
K-Gr 3–“While those early days were a total blur, every now and then, time stood perfectly still. Until one day…a first step, and the child became…THE BLUR.” From infancy, to toddlerhood, and, in a blink of an eye, driving, Lê and Santat illustrate how quickly a child grows in the eyes of a parent. Similar to their prior collaboration, Drawn Together, Lê and Santat simultaneously showcase an Asian American family in the roles of the main characters, while also inviting all families to find themselves within the pages. Parents and caregivers will surely relate to the story. While it is traditional to provide some graduates with a book to honor their journey, this book may encourage a new tradition of gifting the parents and caregivers who assisted every step of the way.
VERDICT This relatable tale documents the quick journey from infancy to graduation, which seems to happen in a blur. This book is a must-purchase.

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