If You Listen

Summary:

A young girl asks her mother if her father still loves her when he isn't home. Her mother suggests that if she looks quietly at the world, she will hear his love.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a great book for a family where someone travels frequently. Just looking at the illustrations alone is quite soothing.

Content Awareness Factors:

Even at the end, you're not quite convinced that the young girl accepted her mother's guidance … and the target audience is smart enough to sense that.


Little Kid Reaction

S/He never sat through the whole book. We started reading it at different places, but only got in a few pages at a time.

Parent Reaction

It is a good story, with a wonderful message: a parent's love never goes away, even if they aren't nearby. The illustrations, while beautiful, seem dark for the message.

Type of Book:
This more sophisticated tale is for older children dealing with separation anxiety.
Educational Themes:

The story is excellent in several ways. First, it can reassure kids that their question is normal and that their parents love them, even when they aren't physically present. It's also a good way of introducing or reinforcing the idea of listing to nature.

Reading Level:
3.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with child 2½ years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a lovely book, but not one that you'd need to have at your fingertips for lots of readings.

Title If You Listen
About
Author Charlotte Zolotow
Publisher Running Press © 2002
Illustrators Stefano Vitale
ISBN 0762413352
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family, Fables and Folklore
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