Wait for Me

Lawley. Jan. 2023. 36p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781958302057; pap. $11.99. ISBN 9781958302071.
PreS-Gr 1–Charlie, with brown hair and very light skin, who appears to be about five or six, is frequently being challenged to keep up with the others around him. “Wait for me!” he calls. His mother, brother, older friend, and teacher answer him with “Hurry up, Charlie. You’re going too slow!” Charlie does not think so as he enjoys the world around him at his level. When he visits his grandfather, he discovers a kindred spirit. It is now his grandfather asking Charlie to wait for him, to the child’s delight. Together they enjoy their walk in a park, admiring the flowers, birds, and insects. The soft-toned illustrations depict an affluent suburban neighborhood; the mostly white characters have round pupiless eyes, an interesting stylistic choice. Engaging snails are interspersed throughout with their own plot; children might enjoy finding them.
VERDICT This gentle story about the benefits of going at your own pace can be considered an additional purchase where intergenerational stories are in demand.

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