Read Away Online Free - Love shines through in the sticky notes shared between a mother and daughter in this picture book about making time for family in the midst of our busy lives.
Between work and school, homework and housework, a mother and daughter don’t always get to spend as much time together as they’d like. Add to that a little girl’s fears about leaving home for the first time, and the need to stay close through handwritten notes becomes even more important. As the camp departure date gets closer, Mom does her best to soothe her daughter’s nerves. A visit from her grandmother helps to calm her fears and convince her that she’ll have a good time, even away from her mother and beloved cat. Camp ends up being a wonderful adventure – but nothing is sweeter than a back-at-home reunion.
Qin Leng’s watercolor illustrations are the perfect complement to Emil Sher’s simple text. This nuanced story about a parent and child’s unconventional way of connecting is full of humor and affection. Young readers will enjoy spotting Lester the cat as he paws his way into the story.
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July 01, 2017
A picturebook story about a (busy) single mom (okay, can we imagine any single mom as not busy?) and a (biracial) child who is preparing to go to sleep-away camp for the very first time. And is not really sure she wants to go. The really unique aspect of this story is that it is told entirely in...
May 01, 2017
Sweet tale about a young girl who is anxious about going to summer camp. She and her mother communicate via post-it notes regarding the subject.
The ink and watercolor illustrations are nicely detailed and complemented the narrative well. The fact that the story portrays a multiracial, single-par...
February 14, 2017
Won this lovely thing in a Goodreads giveaway and I couldn't be happier. A gorgeous story told through post-it notes about a mother and daughter. I've newly discovered Qin Leng's illustrations and I'm so in love with them.
April 19, 2017
The ONLY problem I have with this sweet, loving book about a brown boy and his white single mom preparing for sleepaway camp is a couple of kludgey midsentence text breaks between the Post-Its they use to communicate. Literally. Everything else is PERFECT.
November 09, 2017
What an inventive way to show a story. I found this picture book written by Emil Sher, illustrated by Qin Leng, to be clever and delightful. At first, I didn't like the lack of communication between the parent and child but then I realized there was more to the story when I really took in the ill...
September 04, 2017
April 27, 2017
A child and his/her mother correspond mostly in sticky notes, and we see as the child prepares to go to sleep-away camp. Beautiful water-color illustrations and a unique narrative style make this book stand out from others in its field.
April 15, 2017
With dynamic watercolors that tell the story of the busy life of an only child and a single mom, and handwritten post-it notes that extend the visual story and add a layer of the child's anxiety about going to camp, this picturebook is fresh, sweet and a charming read.
August 16, 2017
I guess I may be in the minority here, but to me, this was just SO sad. A mom and child corresponding by Post-It Notes? Never be too busy to talk to your child face to face. They grow up so fast.
March 25, 2017
Received as an ARC from House of Anansi Press & Groundwood Books.
Away is so subtle. Told strictly through notes left on Post-Its, the fears of the daughter and reassurances from the mother are so heart-tugging. The cute watercolour illustrations are an added subtlety.