BOOK: Hold This!

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Carolyn Cory Scoppettone, Hold This! (Yarmouth, ME: Islandport Press, 2015), 32 pp. Illustrated by Priscilla Alpaugh.

Publisher’s description A girl and her father go for a walk, experiencing all the sights, sounds, smells, and feels of the woods. As Mika asks her father to hold each and every one of her found treasures, he, in turn, urges her to be a big girl and only carry what she is able to. With every step and stumble, Mika finds both the wonders and treasures of nature, and the ability to pick herself up after a fall. But the true discovery for both daughter and parent comes at the end, when they both realize a true treasure is a hand to hold.

You should purchase a copy of this book and give it to a child and say, “Hold this!” And then read it with them. It’s a wonderful little story about the power of connecting as parent and child when exploring outdoors.

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