4 out of 4 stars
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Know You’re Not Alone by Stacy Manning Casaluci is a children’s picture book about two boys who are dealing with their father’s absence. Cory and Kyler are brothers, and their father has left the family to be stationed overseas in the military. The boys worry about him and don’t always know if he is safe, but an unexpected visitor helps them overcome their anxieties and have faith that their father will return.
I really enjoyed how the illustrations in this book made the story both mystical and relatable. The boys are shown living in a castle, but their father wears modern military fatigues and leaves on a warship. I appreciated how the illustrations could help kids see this story both as a little fantastical and as pertaining to their own lives.
The writing in the book was also quite good. The author uses simple, rhyming lines to tell the story. I didn’t find any errors in the book, and the rhymes actually flowed well. I think this would be a good book to read out loud to kids, or an older sibling could read it to a younger child.
Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. There really wasn’t anything I disliked in it, other than that I didn’t want it to end. Of course, the length is appropriate for its target audience, but that just shows how good the story was. I especially enjoyed looking at the illustrations, which helped communicate the characters’ emotions and helped me imagine the setting.
I would recommend this book to parents of kids ages three to seven. Since the vocabulary is fairly simple, it’s appropriate for early readers or could be read aloud to younger kids who haven’t learned to read yet. I will note that a guardian angel does make an appearance in the book, so parents who are uncomfortable with this idea may not want to buy this book. It would be an especially good book for kids of parents who are stationed overseas, but I think it could be relatable for children whose parents travel for work, live in another state, or have another reason that they can’t be around all of the time.
Know You're Not Alone
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