Come get to know three neighboring families, each with a young child learning about themselves in this wondrous world. This poetic picture book is a parent's ode to everything their child is--and will be--capable of doing as they grow.
Tonight, each small hand fits inside their parent's hand. But soon, this hand will grow—to dig deep in the dirt, make masterpieces and mistakes, and tell stories only it can tell.
With text that captures the potential in every child and glowing art that exudes warmth, this book braids three children's stories into one of family love.
From award-winning author Jonathan Stutzman and rising illustrator Elizabeth Lilly comes this tender book, perfect for cuddling together at bedtime.
March 28, 2023
Up to Kindergarten
Lexile: AD450L | Fountas/Pinnell: N
Jonathan Stutzman is the author of Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
, Llama Destroys the World
, Bear Is a Bear
, and other books for children. Jonathan lives in Pennsylvania with his wife. You can visit him online at jonathanstutzman.com.
Elizabeth Lilly is an author-illustrator, animated filmmaker, and art educator. She was a reading, doodling daydreamer in high school, and, unsure of her path, went to architecture school at Virginia Tech for college. Her first two picture books, Geraldine
and Let Me Fix You a Plate,
each received three starred reviews. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her at elizabeth-lilly.com.
★ “A gorgeous
rendering of how everyday moments can convey a lifetime of wonder and security.”—Booklist
, starred review
★ "Building on anticipatory
art chronicles the children’s respective forays into autonomy....By book’s end, readers will be invested in each of these families across time—and perhaps wish to be their neighbors, too.”—Publishers Weekly
, starred review
“Beautifully tender and thoughtful
.” —Kirkus Reviews