Mariño’s stunning watercolor and ink illustrations invite readers to join the young protagonist on her new adventure, an excellent complement to Harris’s lyrical text. . . . Brimming with respect for curiosity and independence, this is a welcome addition to most collections.
—School Library Journal
The story sensitively portrays a parent who understands the fine balance between a child’s need for independence and the need for supportive reassurance. . . . A lovely portrayal of the father-child bond.
A tropical landscape alive with colorful birds, butterflies, and flowers makes an ideal place for a brown-skinned child wearing a dress and a baseball cap to explore alone. . . Mariño’s paintings give [the story] visual richness.
The evident love between the parent and child and the encouragement the father provides may inspire children in seeking new experiences and developing self-reliance.