A star for You Are Three. Thank you, Kirkus Reviews.
Throughout, children’s growing independence is honored rather than mourned, and the direct address of the second-person text displays an abundance of respect and joy in their growing autonomy: “You are still our baby but you are also your own person. We love to hold you close and we love to watch you run.”
This is the final instalment in my collaboration with Karen Klassen for Owlkids Books and I couldn't be happier with how the books turned out. Big thanks to publisher Karen Boersma for bringing me on board.
Thanks too to Kerry Clare for the lovely write-up on You Are Three over at her blog.
I was surprised to be moved by You Are Three, the final book in Sara O’Leary and Karen Klaassen’s trilogy celebrating the milestones of toddlerhood. Flipping through the pages the other night, I felt a bit emotional. Because three is a cusp, about to unfurl. Three is a person’s threshold to the world, and while I’m ready to usher my little person through the door, it’s easy to forget the moment we’re in
And Here Wee Read writes:
Throughout the book you see children doing a variety of things three year olds are typically capable of doing: saying their ABC’s, building a tower with blocks, having conversations, and riding on a scooter. I love the vintage/contemporary and whimsical feel to all of the illustrations. I also like the warm and inviting choice of color palette the illustrator used. There is also a diverse cast of toddlers which depicts that the same developmental changes are evident in different races and cultures around the world.