IF YOU MISS ME by Jocelyn Li Langrand. New York: Orchard Books, 2021. 32p. ISBN 978-133868069-0 hb. $18.99 Gr. K-3 JUV
Charlie and her grandma both loved to dance. Charlie took dance lessons because it was her passion, and Grandma watched from the sidelines, full of encouragement for the young dancer. They spent summers together, but Charlie had to return to home each year for school. They hated separating, so Grandma always said, "If you miss me, look at the moon. I will do the same." When Grandma passed away, Charlie was full of sadness, even with the prospect of a big performance around the corner. Lucky for her, the moon was visible from the performance hall window, reminding Charlie that her grandma was always with her. This book provides a gentle way for children to deal with grief from the loss of a family member or friend. Langrand enriches her story with expressive illustrations created digitally.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI