En todas partes y en cualquier lugar

illus. by Sassafras De Bruyn. 32p. Uranito. Jun. 2017. Tr $10.95. ISBN 9788416773282.
K-Gr 3—Yolanda was with her mother when she died, holding her hand until she was there and yet not there. She hears her mother's voice: "My dear if you look for me, you will find me." The question "Where is my mother now?" sets Yolanda on a quest. She undertakes a journey to find an answer. One by one, she asks each of her family members and others close to her where they think her mother has gone. They each supply a different answer. Her mother is in the wind, in the earth creating new life, in a rose, and in the chair where she used to sit. Yolanda concludes that her mother is "en todas partes"—everywhere. The text is structured and repetitive in a way that makes it an excellent read-aloud. This story is ideal for one-on-one sharing. The illustrations evoke the tenderness of the relationships described in the text, such as the spread of Yolanda and her grandfather seen from a distance in a large field of wildflowers that sums up the theme of the story: how insignificant we are in the scheme of things.
VERDICT Depending upon the belief system of the reader, this story is a good choice to share with children grieving a loss.

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