When I first read Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo, I was captivated by the story line and how relatable it was. I was also drawn to the beautiful illustrations, that are not only super visually pleasing but also convey the emotions of the characters in a profound way. A tiny little cactus that just wants to be hugged, there is nothing sweeter than that. So I looked up other books written and illustrated by her.
What Happened to My Sister? is a great story about young girl is yearning for her former relationship with her sister. As the youngest of three sisters, I can easily relate to so many aspects of this story.
The young girl decides that her sister has been replaced by someone who looks just like her. After all, she no longer finds her little sister endearing nor does she enjoy spending time with her.
The younger sister has a difficult time understanding her big sister and she begins to worry. She reminisces about the good times they used to have and how close they were. Just when she begins to lose hope, her sister finds her.
What Happened to My Sister? captures the changes in sibling relationships as brothers and sisters get older. Interests change and there may be periods where they just don’t see eye-to-eye the way they used to. This is such a normal part of life, and this picture book captures it so beautifully.
The Lines on Nana’s Face captures the unmatched love between a grandmother and her granddaughter. This is such a touching picture book that celebrates life and family. It’s Nana’s birthday and her family comes together to spend it with her.
Her granddaughter notes that her face expresses so many emotions all at the same time, and in her innocent yet inquisitive way she asks her Nana why that is. To which she replies, it’s because of all the lines on her face and each line holds a very special memory from her life.
The granddaughter puts Nana to the test, asking her one by one what memory she holds in the different lines on her face. Her Nana responds with a terrific memory from a different part of her life for each, some exhilarating, some fun, some stressful, some sad. Each memory is captured in a stunning illustration spread across two pages without text. It invites the reader to time travel back in time as a silent observer with Nana as she recalls the event and the emotions she felt.
The Lines on Nana’s Face is a wonderful, subtly sentimental picture book that is a must have in every home library where a grandmother-figure plays an important role in a child’s life.
*I received a complimentary copies of Whatever Happened to My Sister and The Lines on Nana’s Face in exchange for my honest review.