Why did I love this book?
I am a big fan of Jacqueline Woodson’s books—and this one is my favorite of her picture books. I love the way the language flows from page to page, the way the text moves from one scene to another, always reminding the reader of how classmates can feel left out or out of place in everyday settings, and ending with a reminder that everyone has similarities, but also differences. The art is perfect—bright, vivid colors with just the right expressions on the children’s faces.
I love how the “untraveled” child sees the positive in staying home caring for her sister rather than going to Paris, the beach, or so many other faraway destinations. This is one of those books we choose at bedtime when we need a quiet, familiar “lullaby” of a book to lull our child to sleep. (But honestly, it’s a great read no matter the time of day!)