A parent’s love for her child is fierce and unwavering, and Katie Cotton’s exquisite new book, The Road Home, with illustrations by Sarah Jacoby, is both an exploration and celebration of the heart.
In this compelling story, various animals seek new dwellings as winter approaches: a bird and her baby fly south, a mouse and her child build a nest, and rabbits flee through cold air to find a home. Through it all, though the road home may be treacherous and fraught with obstacles, one thing remains true for each set of animals: the parent will push through every challenge that comes her way to ensure the safety and security of her child.
Talk about a powerful punch. The Road Home is tender and poetic, yet there is such weight in its tenderness as it so beautifully conveys each parent’s steadfast devotion to protecting her child. The poetry is pitch perfect, featuring repetitive stanzas that ground the reader in the story, and the illustrations are breathtaking. While the story may admittedly resonate more so with parentsthan children, it is a beautiful addition to any library collection, one that evokes the power of survival, protection, and most importantly, love. A meditation on the unbreakable bonds between parents and children, The Road Home is not to be missed.
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