Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Hammond’s Princesses of the World. This week we review Tundra Books‘ So Close (age 4-7), written and illustrated by Natalia Colombo. I have to thank Sylvia at Tundra Books for my review copy.
Before going much further I have to say I fell in love with this book, So Close, before I even started reading it to my kids; I love how Natalia has illustrated Mr Duck and Mr Rabbit (the only characters in this short story), as well as her whimsical interpretations of trees and cars and the world that Mr Duck and Mr Rabbit live in. The story is short and very visually based.
But don’t let the size of the story in So Close fool you, the message itself is big. Mr. Duck and Mr. Rabbit pass each other every day, walking, in the cars, on their bikes. The see each other in different moods but never say a word to one another. Until one day. The simple greeting of Hello changes Mr Duck and Mr Rabbit’s lives forever. They walk together, eat lunch together, talk and play. What a difference one simple word can make.
So Close is a wonderful message for kids. Fortunately my kids are very extroverted and say Hello to anyone who will listen. And just like So Close, you can see the impact right away when you do simply say Hello to someone, a smile, a Hello back.
The story is aimed for kids 4 to 8, but my 3-year-old loved the two characters. And the message is a concept kids can learn and appreciate at a young age. So Close would be a great book to give to someone starting school too. Imagine how easily it would be to find a new friend with just this simple gesture.
Want to add a copy of So Close to your own personal library, visit your independent bookstore or Tundra Books. Looking for other great reads for kids? Checkout previous Write a Review Wednesday posts.