Written and Illustrated by Bob Graham
This quiet little picture book is packed with love.
Francie and her (very) pregnant mother are visiting Grandma while Daddy is away at sea. As they prepare to make the long drive home, a rain storm begins. Amid terrible traffic, Francie watches the wildlife. A baby rabbit dives for cover. A field mouse hides under blackberries as a kestrel hunts for it. Fishermen are as wet as the fish. A family of ducks ignore the water on their backs. She amuses herself by writing names in the foggy windows. They stop to eat lunch and use the time to discuss a name for the soon-to-be new sister. Continuing, they stop again for gas. Suddenly, Mom is inspired to name the baby Grace, a magical moment nearly missed by the reader.
Their little car, now full of courage, bumped off down the road, the windows rolled down and wind rushing through.
The reader gets to meet Daddy on the very last page.
Detailed watercolor drawings adorn the pages and show Francie’s actions throughout. For example, it’s wonderful how the road signs clearly point toward Francie’s house.
This is perfect for bedtime or independent reading and is a must-have for families separated by the miles but not by the caring.