Author/Illustrator: Matthew Cordell
Age Range: 3-6
Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba
Hope – it is what I feel when I look into my grandsons’ eyes. Hope for their future, their world, their dreams. This book tells the story of a lion family’s hopes. A new cub has just been born. The grandparents write the cub a letter reflecting on their lives, the things they will always share with him (the same stars and streams), and the experiences they wish for him after they are gone.
The narrative shifts to the cub turned adult, who in turns writes a letter to his grandparents. The book celebrates the joy of family and the hope each generation shines onto the next. The illustrations are beautiful. I especially loved the stream of colorful confetti that surrounds the cub at birth and follows him through all the pages.
I recommend this book as a gift to a new grandparent, parent or to keep at your house and read when the grands visit.
About the author:
Matthew Cordell has illustrated many books for children, including Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, and The Only Fish in the Sea by Philip C. Stead, as well as several he has written himself, such as the New York Times Notable Picture Book hello! hello! and Wolf in the Snow, which received the Caldecott Medal and a Boston Globe?Horn Book Award honor. He also wrote and illustrated Wish and Dream, the companions to this book. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children.
About the reviewer:
Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful products for all us grandparents.
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