Can you hear the music all around you? In this touching picture book, Ivan finds healing and hope in nature’s music and beauty while experiencing the early stages of his parents’ separation. When he realizes that birds sing their enchanting songs both here at his mom’s house and there at his dad’s house, Ivan takes his first step toward finding the freedom and joy to sing along, whether he’s here or there. This tale of personal growth will provide a much-needed mirror for children in times of change — and an important reminder for all that there’s beauty everywhere you look.
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Product Dimensions:8.5 x 10.75 inches
Page Count:32 pages
Age Range:Ages 3-8 years
Awards & Accolades
"Offers affirmation and hope for kids navigating parental seperation... Needed everywhere" — Kirkus Reviews
"Tamara Ellis Smith puts her finger directly on the joy and the ache that Ivan's two-home life evokes, with beautiful imagery and an authorial heart that knows a thing or two about childhood longing" — Audrey Vernick, award-winning children's book author
"This is a great book for children navigating between the two worlds of different houses. It can be a difficult transition and this book might open up some important conversation" — Youth Services Book Review
About the Contributors
Written by - Tamara Ellis Smith
Tamara Ellis Smith grew up in a lot of different states. But no matter where she lived, she enjoyed spending time reading in the woods. She studied at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of Another Kind of Hurricane, one of Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year 2015. She currently resides in Vermont, USA with her husband and four children.
Illustrated by - Evelyn Daviddi
Evelyn Daviddi was born in Capri Modena, Italy. At age seven, she decided to become an artist, and she has done exactly that! She studied at the European Institute of Design in Milan and has illustrated over fifteen books.