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Thompson, Richard.

Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, Toronto, Annick Press, 1987. unpaged, paper, ISBN 0-920303-93-5 (cloth) $12.95, 0-920303-92-7 (paper) $4.95. Distributed by Firefly Books. CIP

Reviewed by Elizabeth Lockett

Volume 16 Number 3
1988 May

This is the sort of story that an imaginative child tells her parents. Jesse builds a space ship in the middle of her room and invites her father to join her on a trip to Space. In space they see "A lady with flowers in her hair" and lots of babies being hugged by moms and dads and brothers and sisters. Jesse's dad falls asleep in Space and wakes up near the sun as morning comes. Then Jesse's mom goes into the spaceship with her.

This is a confusing fantasy. If the story were told by Jesse, (he reader would realize that it came from her imagination. But the story is told by a third person, and since Jesse's parents travel in her spaceship, the reader is expected to believe that space travel takes place. Most children today are aware of the complexities of space travel and will not believe the story. The theme about love, especially for babies, seems irrelevant to the space trip.

Illustrations by Eugenie Fernandes show an exuberant Jesse, a happy dad and lots of contented babies being cuddled as they float through space.

Elizabeth Lockett, Niagara Falls, Ont.
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