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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Our Table celebrates the beauty of quality time with family and learning how to take a break from the distractions of life. The main character demonstrates the importance of creativity and emotional expression.
Quality time with family and friends is important, and we must make time for those we love. It's fun to work together towards a common goal. Life can be boring if we don't interact with people, places, and things in the world around us.
Positive Role Models
The main character displays a genuine desire to bring her family together, once she notices they are no longer spending enough quality time with one another. The featured family is a positive representation of a loving family of color who work together to build back a strong relationship.
Positive representation of a united family of color. The story is centered on their efforts to spend quality time together, once the youngest member of the family realizes something is missing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Our Table, by New York Times bestselling writer and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds (Say Something), is a warm story about a young girl helping her family find their way back together when they're distracted by life. The story unfolds as Violet recognizes her feeling of loneliness and a need to strategically encourage her family members to spend time with one another. The mood of the story is emphasized by the book's creative use of color. Central takeaways from the book include remembering the importance of family, living in the moment, and sometimes unplugging from technology.
Is It Any Good?
This tender and timely story can be enjoyed by the whole family, and emphasizes the importance of quality time and stepping away from distraction. Our Table serves as a reminder that now more than ever we must prioritize gathering together with loved ones and being present in the moment, when we can. Written with a tone of gratitude and a focus on multigenerational love, author-illustrator Peter H. Reynold's vision leaps off the pages of this lyrical story, guided by colors. The story shows readers the importance of using their voice to ask for what they need.
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