Leave Me Alone! (Vera Brosgol)

Hello, friends! Today, we read a lovely book called Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol, a clever yet sentimental book that shows why everyone needs some alone time.

A little old grandmother lives in the forest in a small house – but with a BIG family. With winter approaching, she has some very serious knitting to do. Unfortunately, the constant interruptions by her thirty grandchildren are making it impossible. So the grandmother packs her bags and heads off to find a quiet spot to do her work, but with zero luck! Will she ever be able to finish her knitting? And, more importantly, will she ever return home?

This is one of those books that is fun and entertaining for little ones, but subtly imparts an important message: namely, that it is incredibly difficult to get some types of things done with lots of people and distractions around. I loved that at the end, once the grandmother had finished her knitting (which was sweaters for her thirty grandchildren), she actually longed for the presence of her family again. It showed that needing alone time doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t like you or want to be around you, just that sometimes people need or want to be on their own for a bit. A clever message within a funny and entertaining story, fantastic illustrations, and a good length for little ones. Loved it! Baby Bookworm approved!

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