Kids Can Press ISBN 9781771386111
PRI PS-Grade 2 Rating: 4
Nico and Maia are dear friends. When Nico needs to leave with his father who is going to Australia for studies, Maia wonders how she will survive. After Nico leaves, Maia begins to fill the emptiness in her life with a pet cat, learning the piano, a new friend. When Nico returns, there are mixed emotions but through the experience Maia learns that “[t]here is always space in your heart for friendship.” This endearing story about love, loss, and friendship highlights the resilience of children as well as adapting to the change that is a natural part of growing up and welcoming new events and people into one’s life.
Andrea Maturana’s picture book, perfect for ages 4 to 6, is a poetic narrative that children will delight in reading on their own as well as a story for parent and child to share. The whimsical illustrations by Francisco Javier Olea offer a sense of magic as well as a better grasp on the meaning of goodbyes, loss and friendship. The design of each two-page spread conveys both powerful color and an invitation to explore these deeper emotions, an integral part of loss and recovery.
Leroy Hommerding, CLJ