Love and the Rocking Chair

Blue Sky Pr/Scholastic/. Oct. 2019. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338332650.
K-Gr 2–Time changes many things, but love will always be there, no matter what. A beautiful white rocking chair connects a family across three generations of sleepless nights and lullabies in this story by the award-winning team. Many years earlier, a couple purchased a rocking chair in anticipation of the arrival of their baby boy. Over time, the chair is used in myriad ways, eventually being placed in the attic to gather dust. When the boy grows up and finds himself with his own child on the way, the chair reprises its role with a brand new baby girl. Sentimental and heartfelt, this story emphasizes the deep roots familial love can have. Tender moments of affection and loss are echoed within the text and illustrations. Soft, muted colors create a backdrop of calm and serenity while concise text explains the events of the story. The endpapers begin with a daytime scene and finish with the same scene at night, depicting the predictable rotation of the earth that moves everyone ceaselessly forward in time.
VERDICT A beautiful bedtime story for families of all kinds to share across generations.

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