Parker, Danny Parachute, illustrated by Matt Ottley. PICTUREBOOK. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2013. $16.00. Content: G.
Toby always wore a parachute. He needed it for getting down off the bunk bed, from the stool after breakfast, even from the sink in the bathroom. And the park! He wore his parachute in case he needed it for the slides, the swing or the teeter totter. But one day, Henry, Toby’s cat, climbed the tree higher even than the treehouse. And when Toby climbs high to rescue Henry, he uses the parachute to get the cat down. Now Toby is stuck in the treehouse with no parachute, only a rope ladder.
Sometimes children have things to make them feel safe or comforted, like Toby’s parachute. This story is about growing out of these things on your own, when you are ready. The whimsical illustrations show great perspectives, we feel how Toby does. A great story for the child who might need a little help letting go.
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