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Don't Let Go

by Jeanne Willis

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Putnam Juvenile (2003-05-12)

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Amazon Description

Megan is understandably nervous about learning to ride her bike. What if the bike goes too fast and she falls? Daddy is patient and encouraging, letting her know she can wait until she's ready. And then it's time-Daddy lets go and Megan is off.

Now Daddy is the nervous one. What if Megan doesn't come back? It's a big world out there, and he isn't ready to let her go. But Megan understands:

"Daddy, I'm here. I won't let go. Not until you say.
Hold on tight. I love you, so we'll do this together, OK?"

One Potato Review

Willis and Ross are probably better known for their frisky woodland creatures, but this story is every bit as relevant to parents as it is transporting (and a little bit magical) to the kid who is worried about growing up too fast, or maybe not fast enough. There’s a divorce here somewhere in the background (a girl must summon her father by phone), and knee-pads, a helmet and otherwise copious precautions, then suddenly there are tigers and promising jungles, and the ends of the world to investigate on the other side of this dubious reassurance: “Daddy, I’m here. I won’t let go. Not until you say.” Tearful and true.

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1Posted by: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/01

Lately lots of moments take courage and it is heartening to read about your experiences. Why don’t you write a book—I’m dying to read it!

2Posted by: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/21

Thank you, Jay….I am swimming in the middle of the little moments I know I will miss one day, and, yes, I have complained and bickered about my body not being mine, just needing f%*@ing FIVE MINUTES just to myself….fantasizing about just sitting down to watch a stupid movie on a rainy day because there’s nothing else I’d like to do….and then…I just stop and realize that THIS is exactly where I need to be, and I will mourn the fact that this time will change and pass.  You write about it beautifully.

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