If You Listen
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If You Listen

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This loving tale about loss from two-time Caldecott Honor winner Charlotte Zolotow is a gentle, reassuring approach to a subject that's always challenging for parents to discuss with children. In it, a mother comforts her daughter about the absence of the child's father by explaining that if she listens hard, she'll feel him far away sending love to her. Our new edition of...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 11th 2002 by Running Press Kids (first published 1980)
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Sandy Brehl
This lyrical, evocative text stands open its own and even serves as mentor text for young writers working on symbolism, figurative language. It also serves very concretely for .supporting the emotional concerns of children yearning for a missing parent or other important person in their lives. This could be due to death, illness, imprisonment, divorce, military or career absence, or even abandonment. The specific strategy for self-comforting .is very realistic and healthy and the resolution kids...more
Georgia
Award winning author Charlotte Zolotow has written over 70 children’s books in her career, and If You Listen is another fantastic one. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, Zolotow tells the story of a young girl missing her father.
The book begins with a little girl asking her mother how a person can tell if someone still loves them if they aren’t around. The story goes on to tell us that her father isn’t around, and she doesn’t know if he still loves her if she can’t hear, touch, or see him....more
Gale
GENTLE MATERNAL ADVICE FOR COPING WITH LOSS

A litte girl yearns for her long-absent father to reutrn homne. We are not told where he is or why he has been separated from his family for so long, but her young heart aches for the lost paternal relationship.
In this gentle, compassionate book without a plot a wise mother tries to comfort her wistful daughter by teaching her secrets of the heart. Touching illustrations by Stefano Vitale focus on the child's desolate environment and how her view of nat...more
Stephanie
I love the illustrations in this book! I also like the ideas it presents.. they are deep and make you think, which I like in a book. Though it is a little above the heads of kids, I think it is still a neat book for them to look at and read through... it is the kind they can grow up with and fully understand when they are older.
Terry
It is a good story, with a wonderful message: a parent's love never goes away, even if they aren't nearby. The illustrations, while beautiful, seem dark for the message.
The Styling Librarian
Beautiful celebration of life and finding the peace to listen to loved ones even if they're far away.
Mai
The illustrations are beautiful. It's a good story for kids and helping them deal with loss.
Nativida
Wow. Poignant read, following recent events that have touched us all.
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Charlotte Zolotow (born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro) was an American author, poet, editor, and publisher of many books for children.
She was published by more than 20 different houses (many of which she has outlasted). She was an editor, and later publisher, at Harper & Row, which was called Harper & Brothers when she began to work there and is now known as HarperCollins.
Among the many write...more
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