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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

So Close, written and illustrated by Natalia Colombo. Tundra, 2008. $19.99 ages 4 and up

"Mr. Duck is going to work like he does every day.

Mr. Rabbit is also going to work, like he does every day.

They always walk past each other."

It doesn't take many words to make a point and, it can be done gently as this wee story proves.

Two neighbors cross paths every single working going one way, one the other. They see each other early in the morning, and then again when work is done. It doesn't matter if they are in a hurry, or not. It matters not their transport.

'They never say hello.'

Their lonely sad faces fill two full double page spreads following that statement being made. We are reminded that one word can make a difference.

What a powerful message that is for all of us, in this world where communication is too often reliant on electronic devices! Saying hello with a smile can make someone's day, can lead to time spent together, can ease a lonely existence. It is such a small thing!

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