I recently read a children's book by Louie Lawent called Momma Don't You Worry (LadyBee Publishing). Once I read this short, sweet, sing-songy, rhyming book, I knew I would share it with all of you.
If you've ever had a preschooler or kindergartner eager to launch out on an adventure, you know what the conversation is like when you're out together in public: little pleading voices with big, adventurous eyes begging to be let go on a journey by themselves.
Tiny little hands become slippery as you work hard not to let them out of your grasp. Small feet struggle to keep up with momma while interested eyes are darting around, taking in their curious surroundings.
While I read Mr. Lawent's book, I could picture an antsy little guy of five ("almost six years old" ), tugging at his mom's hand and darting off on an adventure, only to find himself lost and afraid. A fast-thinking and smart little boy, the little guy in this story remembers what his mom taught him to do in just such a situation and asks a sales clerk for help finding his mom. All is well as the little guy and his momma are reunited and he gives in to his mom's desire to hold his hand tightly. The illustrations inside the book are adorable too, allowing the reader to visualize the entire story.
Momma Don't You Worry is an endearing story about one little boy's realization that maybe, just maybe, it isn't so bad holding mom's hand after all.