The anxiety that comes from being separated can be eased when youngsters can imagine themselves in the universe while picturing where others might be.
In this quiet picture book, the author of The Way I Feel series sensitively, playfully explores the idea. It begins with a question posed in bouncy type: “Everybody’s somewhere, / Where are you?” This eventually leads to the answer: “Each of us is somewhere / Here or there. / Each of us is someone / In our own somewhere.” A multicultural cast of “someones” is depicted in a variety of situations, whether inside or outside, under sun or clouds, flying in a plane or running in a marathon. One affecting scene featuring a servicewoman captures the tension of separation while offering the reassurance of homecoming: “Somebody’s at home, / Someone’s gone away. / I’m feeling very happy / When my someone comes to stay.” The concept of an imaginary place is also introduced when readers see a young girl dreaming of riding a dinosaur. Textured digital art in warm, atmospheric colors reflects the change from day to dusk to night, and the characters’ faces are always cheery.
If the singsong text loses cadence on occasion, still it lulls, making this an altogether comforting package. (Picture book. 2-5)