This is a sweet sharing book that is as warm as a bear hug.
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s and Young Adult Literature
…a thin but delightful book for children ages 3 to 7 about the caring relationship of mothers toward their offspring in the northern wilderness. The small factoids are fun too.
Bedtime books featuring drowsy animals are nothing new, but Asper-Smith takes advantage of a growing trend by adding a nonfiction element that both deepens the content and opens the book up for classroom integration. Each two-page spread features an illustration of an adult/child animal pair and a sweet, nonrhyming promise: “If you were a little brown bat . . . I would find you on the darkest of nights.” The feel-good sentiment is then explained in scientific terms via smaller text at the bottom of the page: “The little brown bat uses sound at night to find its way in the dark and capture mosquitoes to eat.” Though sometimes these facts pull against the cozy fantasy–no, the owl isn’t really staying up late to tell its offspring stories–they should succeed in intriguing young readers. Watley’s rough yet realistic pencil-and-watercolor art resists anthropomorphizingthe characters and is refreshingly liberal with its palette: aquas for underwater whales, warm oranges for brown bears, forest greens for porcupines. Both snuggly and educational.