Our Favorite Day

Candlewick. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536203578.
PreS-Gr 1–Oh’s debut picture book captures the precious relationship that exists between a grandfather and his granddaughter. The minimal text is coupled with fetching illustrations done with cut paper and chronicles an old man going through his daily routine. Papa wakes up, drinks his tea, waters his plants, and then takes the bus into town. Once there, he visits a restaurant and gets his usual order of dumplings and then goes home and goes to bed. One day, however, his routine changes. We observe Papa stopping at a craft store for colorful art supplies, getting two orders of dumplings to go, and even picking some flowers on the way home. Then we see him sitting in his kitchen and waiting. The next spread shows an elated little girl in pigtails running headlong toward the old gentleman yelling “Papa!” Readers are then treated to delightful images of the two enjoying their afternoon together. They converse over their shared dumplings and make an adorable butterfly kite out of the craft supplies. The last page contains no text and shows the two contentedly flying the kite in a beautiful open field.
VERDICT Less is more with this quiet, lovely read that celebrates the simple pleasures that a grandparent and child can share together. Strongly recommended for purchase.

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