HOLD THIS! by Carolyn Cory Scoppettone


Age Range: 2 - 5
Email this review


A toddler and her dad take a walk in the woods, where there is much to behold and to hold.

A "sparkling stone," a "spiny spiral pine cone," and a "bumpy brittle brown twig": each find summons the titular imperative from Mika to her father. He reminds her that she's a big girl and can hold her treasures herself. A stumble causes her to lose them, but with a kiss from dad, she's ebulliently looking around again. Here, swirling display type accentuates her renewed enthusiasm as she lights upon leaves, a stream, and a frog, all gathered (the stream in a cupped leaf), all lost again. Mud and a mushroom are next. (Either dad is a mycologist and recognizes it as harmless, or he is secure in the knowledge she won't eat it, for no parental warning issues forth.) A rotten log is an immediate fail, but Mika has distracted herself (rather abruptly) with a fairy house. On the way home, a final "Hold this!" finds hands joined in companionship. Alpaugh illustrates Scoppettone's brief, onomatopoeic text with bright watercolors. Mika has East Asian features, while her father is a blond Caucasian. Their relative sizes may give some readers pause—very young Mika seems at times quite big—but this serves to visually unite them. Small animals play fancifully in the background; at one point, mice float by on inner tubes.

A sweet celebration of sharing in the outdoors. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-939017-68-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Islandport Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2015


ChildrenBUSY-EYED DAY by Anne Marie Pace
by Anne Marie Pace
ChildrenA WALK IN THE WILD WOODS by Lis Jones
by Lis Jones
ChildrenLITTLE BITTY FRIENDS by Elizabeth McPike
by Elizabeth McPike