As an elephant couple embark on a life together, thoughts of children are far away - at first. But as the desire for a child grows, so do the unexpected challenges. It's only after thwarted plans and bitter disappointments that the couple's deepest wish miraculously comes true.
This deceptively simple picture book packs an emotional wallop. A very content, very compatible elephant couple quietly go about their lives, planning and building, but come to realize that something is missing: "We think of you." They determine that they are ready for chance, so they alter their plans and start making preparations for a new arrival. "But you never come. And everything stops." Simple declarative sentences continue the narrative, as the elephant couple patiently wait. Happily, a baby finally arrives with an earth-shaking rumble and a roar of joy and contentment. The soft watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations complement the wistful, quiet tone. Very young audiences will appreciate this confirmation of parental love and being part of a family, while older siblings will likely pick up on feelings of impatience or anticipation when preparing for the arrival of new family members. Not many picture books address the challenges of childbearing, and this may resonate for families who struggled to have children. Readers of all ages will appreciate the combined messages of affirmation, hope, and reassurance. Kathleen McBroom Booklist"
Matt Cordell personally knows what it's like to wish. In fact, this book is the heartfelt windfall of him waiting for his wish come true a second time. Other books Matt has written and illustrated include "hello! hello!, ""Another Brother," and "Trouble Gum." He lives in Chicago with his wife, a young daughter, and an even younger son. Visit matthewcordell.com to learn more.