i love you near and far

Sterling Children’s Books ISBN 978-1-4549-0507-3 Illustrations c2015 by Jed Henry.

I love you long distance, across all those miles. Sometimes parents divorce. Sometimes mom or dad is sent overseas to fight. And sometimes cherished members of the family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins—live too far away to see every day. This sweet rhyming story, written from the child’s point of view, is a love letter to those who may not be geographically near—but remain very close at heart.

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“The rhyming story of a little cat who misses his grandmother and father, who both live far away. With the world growing smaller and smaller, many children have relatives who live at a distance. Whether a parent is stationed abroad for the military or a grandmother happens to live across the country, children miss their beloved family, despite the connection that computers, letters and phone calls give. Speaking in the first person, this little kitty starts by placing pictures of Grandma and Dad on the big wall map. ‘I know that we live far away, far apart. / But I can still love you with all of my heart.’ Packages and Skype-like sessions work well for a while, but there are times when the little kitty is just too sad to be apart. Soon, both grandmother and father are on the way, by taxi, train and plane, and a joyful reunion occurs, just in time, it seems, for the kitty’s birthday. The singsong rhyme will allow new readers to easily memorize this comforting book, and sunny illustrations, especially of Grandma knitting all sorts of sweaters, keep the tone light.” —Kirkus Reviews

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