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Written by Emil Sher • Illustrated by Qin Leng

For readers 4 - 7 years old | Published April 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781554984848
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages | 8.50 in × 10.50 in
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book


Emil Sher • Qin Leng

Love shines through in the sticky notes shared between a mother and daughter in this picture book about making time for family in the midst of our busy lives.

Between work and school, homework and housework, a mother and daughter don’t always get to spend as much time together as they’d like. Add to that a little girl’s fears about leaving home for the first time, and the need to stay close through handwritten notes becomes even more important. As the camp departure date gets closer, Mom does her best to soothe her daughter’s nerves. A visit from her grandmother helps to calm her fears and convince her that she’ll have a good time, even away from her mother and beloved cat. Camp ends up being a wonderful adventure – but nothing is sweeter than a back-at-home reunion.

Qin Leng’s watercolor illustrations are the perfect complement to Emil Sher’s simple text. This nuanced story about a parent and child’s unconventional way of connecting is full of humor and affection. Young readers will enjoy spotting Lester the cat as he paws his way into the story.

Awards and Praise
Leng's breathy illustrations exude the easy energy of the characters while bringing their deceptively simple notes to full emotional life … Untrammeled and honest.
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018
  • Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2018
  • Commended Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books, 2017
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year, 2018
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2017