Never Let You Go by Patricia Storms Celebrates a Special Bond

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by Carolyn Hart in Outstanding Picture Books to Enjoy at Home or at School

Storytime Standouts looks at Never Let You Go by Patricia StormsNever Let You Go written and illustrated by Patricia Storms
Picture book celebrating love between an adult and a child published by Scholastic Canada

I’ll be honest, I completely underestimated Never Let You Go when I first viewed the cover art. I assumed (wrongly) that it would be a treacly story about a mother’s love for her child. When I took time to carefully read the story and appreciate the playful illustrations, I discovered that this is indeed a special picture book that will be treasured by children and their adult caregivers.

Readers may assume that Never Let You Go is about a mother’s love for her child but one could argue that it could also be interpreted as a portrayal of a father’s love or a grandparent’s love. The beauty of the author’s words is that the affection shared by the adult penguin and the young penguin makes no reference to gender or relationship. The story will ‘work’ for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. It will work for single parent families or families where the primary caregiver is not a parent.

Spread from Never Let You Go by Patricia Storms

Initially the adult penguin reassures the youngster, I will care for you, and treasure you always. And I will never let you go. But soon we discover, there will be times when the adult will give the child space to safely explore the world and gain independence. The adult won’t be there when nature calls or if the child is quietly working on a project. With humor, we discover that the adult prefers to grant space when the child has a tantrum and that the adult will visit with other adults while the boisterous young friends play together nearby.

Recommended for children aged three years and up, bright, bold illustrations and breezy, affirming text make this a great read aloud for small groups.

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9 Comments on “Never Let You Go by Patricia Storms Celebrates a Special Bond”

  1. Picture Books About Moms and Motherhood

    […] Never Let You Go by Patricia Storms Celebrates the Special Bond Between Parent and Child […]

  2. Meet Author Illustrator Patricia Storms

    […] Read what Storytime Standouts said about Never Let You Go and see a video of Patricia sharing the book. […]

  3. Lesley @ Australian Picture Books

    Never judge a book by it’s cover! ( but I do too) I like how this book is not gender specific and your honesty in the review about judging the cover.

  4. Erika

    This book looks precious! I need to get it for my younger one ๐Ÿ™‚ The message you say it conveys is exactly how I feel about parenting… you will love them to death, but you have to help them grow and be independent. Thanks!

  5. Jemima Pett

    Sounds like a lovely book. I like the use of penguins to get the message across. Thanks for sharing it with the Kid LIt Blog Hop ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Carolyn Hart

    My pleasure. Thank you for stopping by!

  7. Julie Grasso

    This sounds like a really great book, especially since I have been contemplating this topic with my almost 3 year old. I am curious to see how the story develops. Thanks so much for the recommendation on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  8. Carolyn Hart

    Thank you for checking us out!

  9. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    Awww… this sounds like a great book and one that addresses the budding independence of children. Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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