BOOK: Ask Me

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Bernard Waber, Ask Me (New York: Houhgton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), 40 pp. Illustrated by Suzy Lee.

Publisher’s description Ask me what I like? What do you like? A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, brimming with questions as they explore their world. With so many things to enjoy, and so many ways to ask—and talk—about them, it’s a snapshot of an ordinary day in a world that’s anything but. This story is a heartwarming and inviting picture book with a tenderly written story by Bernard Waber and glorious illustrations by Suzy Lee.

Simple ways to pass one’s time make up the charm of Ask Me, and the message is that one should should take joy in sharing these things with another. The father and daughter’s walk on an autumn afternoon turns into a question and answer dialogue that some parents might know all too well, but others perhaps not as modern devices can occasionally strip away the connectedness of being physically present and engaged with our kids. The author Bernard Waber passed away while this book was in the works – it’s a great gift and messag to finish off a long career of writing children’s books. Waber was best known for his series about a city-living crocodile named Lyle.

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