by Bernard Waber
Illustrated by Suzy Lee
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (July 14, 2015)
My Rating: 4 Stars
The bright autumn leaves on the cover of Ask Me by Bernard Waber drew me right in. It’s a beautiful time of the year, even if it is turning colder. The color is starting to pop all over the Northeast. It’s the perfect time for leaf peeping and curling up on the couch with your favorite kid to read fall-themed books.
Written entirely as a dialogue between a young girl and her father, Ask Me paints a gentle portrait of an energetic child exploring her own sense of self and the relationship she has with her father who patiently plays her game, giving her the space to verbalize her every like and love in the world.
When the girl says she likes geese, the father simply asks, “Geese in the sky? Or geese in the water?” I am partial to this passage because, like the little girl, I am a fan of geese both in the water and when they fly in the sky. Watching geese fly together always gives me a sense of gratitude and a sense of something bigger than me. This book reads like a list of all the great things the little girl loves about the world, and it is clear that her father is one of her favorites (along with ice cream!).
There is no attribution to the dialogue, but the father’s words are written in purple to distinguish them from his daughters. It requires you to make voice changes when reading the book aloud. It would be hard to follow the story without them.
Suzy Lee’s illustrations match the innocent voice of the child, further bringing you into the world of the girl as she strolls along with her father on a lovely autumn day.
It’s likely that any child you read this to will want to tell you about all of the things they love, so be prepared!
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