Book Review: Adrift by Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Adrift by Heidi E. Y. Stemple, illustrated by Anastasia Suvorova
October 26, 2021
Crocodile Books, USA, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.
Illustrated Children’s Book • 10” x 10”
32 pages • full-color • Ages 3-12
ISBN 978-1-62371-909-8 • hardback
$17.95 ($23.95 CAD)

Finding himself alone and scared in the middle of a storm, a small mouse finds comfort and strength when he sees another boat and is joined by others. They ride out the storm together—close enough to see each other, but not close enough to crash.

In a gentle metaphor for the global pandemic, Adrift is a way to start conversations with young readers about fear, hope and being together even from afar. It was written by award-winning children’s author Heidi E. Y. Stemple while she was in lockdown missing her friends and family. Her beautiful words are brought to life by Anastasia Suvorova, who has won high acclaim for illustrating stories about nature, children, dreams, traveling, magic, hope, and kindness.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

A tiny mouse starts out on his own in a boat on the ocean. When a storm comes, he is scared but he meets more mice in boats who are close but far enough apart not to crash. Suddenly, he’s not so scared anymore. The more mice that are close by, the better the mouse feels. Eventually, they all end up finding land and they celebrate that they survived the storm that has now passed.

Adrift is a cute story and is a great way to start a conversation with children about the pandemic. It has to be difficult for young kids to understand what it going on and this is one good way to help them understand.

About the Author

Heidi didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has published 20 books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children.
Heidi lives and writes in Massachusetts on a big old farm with two houses.

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Book Review: I Miss School by Ryan Reaves

Book Title:  I Miss School by Ryan Reaves
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  24 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Dawn Reaves
Release date:   Feb 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

“I Miss School” is written by a child, for a child. In this heartwarming and honest story, kids will understand that their feelings about the pandemic are normal and it is perfectly acceptable to feel a range of emotions related to not going to in-person school. The book instills hope for kids that brighter days are ahead.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I Miss School is written by Ryan Reaves, a six-year-old who misses school and activities because of the pandemic. Children who read this short but cute book will realize that it’s normal to miss school and friends. It is also beautifully illustrated with bright colors.

I thought the dedication at the beginning of the book was great: “To Mommy and Daddy, I love you. Now you should go on a date!”

I definitely recommend I Miss School for young children.

About the Author

Six-year-old Ryan Reaves began writing her debut story “I Miss School” at five years old after yearning to return to her brick-and-mortar school during the covid 19 pandemic. She wanted to write the book for other kids, so they knew they weren’t alone in their thoughts and feelings and that we are all in this together.

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