Home at Last

Home at Last (Vera B. Williams and  Chris Raschka)

Harper Collins Publishers

ISBN-13: 978-0061349737

ISBN-10: 0061349739

When I woke up this morning I already knew what book I was going to share.  Or at least I thought I knew.  But then I arrived at our little CTTCB office and opened a box of newly published books, and there it was, waiting for me right on top.

"Home at Last" introduces us to Lester, a young boy standing  on the steps of the children's center.  He is waiting--nervous, excited, relieved-- for his new parents.  And when Daddy Rich and Daddy Albert drive up with Wincka the dog in tow we,  the spying reader, are welcomed into the beautiful beginnings of a new family.

 

"Home at Last" simply and honestly gives us a peek into Lester's new life.  We are privy to Lester's lingering fears as well as to his fathers' new-parent frustrations.  At the same time we get to witness Lester's growing confidence and delight at finally having a family of his own again. 

Vera B. WIlliams and Chris Raschka, both Caldecott Honor recipients for their respective works, pooled their tremendous talents  to create a story that encourages young readers to expand and deepen their understanding of family.

"Home at Last" was Vera B. Williams' last creation before she died in October 2015.  I encourage you to take a moment to read this warm, funny, real tale of family love. 

by Christina  Moorehead