Pamela Hall and illustrator Jennifer A. Bell have given parents
of pre-school children another tool to deal with for that
painful time when separation must occur. Like thousands of
students before him, Walnut (a squirrel) doesn't want to go
to school and tries to convince his mother it would be best
for him to stay home, and his mother, like mommies all over
the world, assures him that although they will be apart, he
will always be in her heart.
After going through
a imaginary adventure, Walnut begins to realize how much his
mother loves him and how important it is that she do her thing.
Handled correctly, children of Walnut's age can understand
the need for a parent to go to work to furnish the essentials
of a good life.
This book can go a long way in convincing children the need
for such a separation, but at the same time letting them know
they are still loved as much as ever. The illustrations by
Jennifer A. Bell help reinforce this message.