Fogliano and Robinson (When’s My Birthday?, 2017) collaborate again, this time in the voice of a caregiver speaking to a beloved child.
“Just in case you want to fly / here’s some wind / and here’s the sky.” A smiling child looks out of an apartment window as clothes on a line sway in the wind. “Here’s a feather / here’s up high / and here’s a wing / from a butterfly”—the former is on a banner drawn by an airplane; the latter beckons visitors into a museum, both in a cityscape spread. More potential needs and wants are anticipated and solved with offers of a cherry for a snack, a rock to skip, a coin to wish, a joke. Some of the offers are comfort-driven and bedtime-themed: The final spread, “and here is a map / with an x on the spot / to find your way / home to me,” shows a child in bed being tucked in with a blanket covered with many of the objects from the book. Robinson’s recognizable collage-and-paint illustrations are sweet as ever, featuring children diverse in skin color and hair texture. The rhyming text reads almost like Goodnight Moon’s, although it has a more-explicit expression of love for the child listener.
Simple and nurturing, this will likely be loved by many a parent-child pair.(Picture book. 2-7)