A Kiss for Akaraka

illus. by E.B. Goodale. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Sept. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062651969.
PreS-Gr 1—On a beautiful fall day, Lula and her father go out into the yard to rake up the leaves. It is a lot of work, so Daddy suggests that they invite Akaraka, Lula's imaginary friend, to help. This idea tickles the child and she is amused as Daddy thinks he sees Akaraka in the leaves and the clouds. When the job is done and there is a nice large pile of red and gold leaves, Daddy and Lula invite Akaraka in for a family lunch with Mama. Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated in black ink and watercolors, this is a tender love story between a father and his daughter. The text is simple and conversational.
VERDICT A sweet seasonal selection best shared one-on-one to pore over the delightful artwork.

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