Follow a new baby and a great-grandfather as they prepare to meet for the first time.
A young baby is new to the world. A great-grandfather has already seen so much. They seem vastly different. Yet in fragile, hushed tones, Fox tells of the delicate opposing balance the two create in order to form a family. In stirring side-by-side comparisons, the baby is referred to as “The New” and the great-grandfather, “The Old.” In one instance, the cherub tightly grasps a fork with a clenched fist: “The New holds on”; opposite, the great-grandfather is shown at a grave: “The Old is learning to let go.” On the train to visit the great-grandfather, the baby stares out the window: “The New is enchanted by motion.” The great-grandfather, on the other hand, sits on a bench looking to the mountains: “The Old is soothed by stillness.” Robbins’ gorgeous, luminous paintings embolden the purity of the pair, tingeing the story in warm tones of both nostalgia and hope. When the two finally meet, New and Old, all of the differences slip away. They are simply one family.
Deeply touching; though the appeal is primarily for adults, it is a quiet story to share across generations. (Picture book. 4-8)