Parents' Guide to

Wait

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

A gem of a book about noticing small, everyday wonders.

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In this perfect gem of a book celebrating the world's small wonders, a preschool boy stops to marvel at all he passes while his mom hurries him along to catch their train. Told mostly with two words, "Hurry" and "Wait," we see the world through the boy's curious eyes, as the mom rushes past dogs, ducks, butterflies, and raindrops, until they're finally both stopped by the beauty of a double rainbow. "Yes, wait," agrees the mom. There's as much to notice in the art as there is in the young boy's walk, and visual themes are threaded through; the promise of the rainbow is hinted at when the boy points to a rainbow ice pop.

This is a book for parents and kids to share and treasure, a reminder to stop and enjoy not only the world but the young children in our care. The author's dedication reads: "For my mom, who waited."

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