FICTION

You Are Home with Me

Little Bigfoot. Nov. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781632172242.
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PreS–The creators of I Would Tuck You In team up again for another gentle picture book featuring animals and their young. The book highlights a variety of unique creatures including a hoary marmot, a Dall’s porpoise, and a lynx, and describes the types of homes in which they live. Each animal is showcased on a spread and is introduced using warm, simple language in large type with their names in bold font. More detailed information about the animal is displayed in smaller text. The story concludes with a human parent assuring a child that they will always have a home with them. Asper-Smith’s choice of animals is atypical, providing for a fresh spin on the usual animal-themed picture book. The illustrations are soft and detailed, portraying a realistic but cuddly version of the animals that will appeal to young readers. The combination of a sweet story about love and home with education tidbits about animals is seamless and the information is presented in an age-appropriate and simple way.
VERDICT A quiet, gentle picture book that is also informative and naturalistic. Recommended.

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