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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a tale of tenderness that goes great with hugs.
Is It Any Good?
Both words and watercolors express such tenderness in this story of a father mouse and his young daughter enjoying a day in the forest together. As Longtail swings Littletail playfully through the air, chases her through the clover, or follows her through a maze of tree trunks, the reader can hear her giggles blend into the soft background hum of the bees, beetles, and other insects. The watercolor illustrations by Daniel Howarth build on the tone of the text.
Johnathan Emmett skillfully and poetically develops the world of loving play from a child's perspective. Kids will understand Littletail when she realizes she can't run as fast as her father; they know how she feels when she can't hide well enough that he can't find her. However, they also will understand why she feels so proud when she can crawl into some small spaces her father can't fit. And, kids will definitely understand when Longtail says he will love her "always and forever."
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