The Road Home by Katie Cotton and illustrated by Sarah Jacoby
This is a beautiful picture book in which a songbird, mouse, wolf, and rabbit mother and her offspring prepare for winter – gathering food and finding a home. The book conveys the harshness of nature and animals’ struggle to survive amidst such threats as weather and predators. But it is told with such lyrical language and soft, muted, truly lovely watercolor illustrations that it is not frightening as much as awe-inspiring. The book is told in rhyming verse and each page includes the refrain “this road is hard, this road is long, this road that leads us home” until the end, in which mother and child safely reach their destination, showing that home is wherever parent and child are together. A quiet, reflective read.