Children's Picture Books

This Day I Hold Dear

Category:Children's Picture Books

Author:Ellissa Schwartz

  • Publisher: Author Ellissa Schwartz
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2024
  • Number of Pages: 36

This Day I Hold Dear by Ellissa Schwartz is an enchanting journey through the seasons of parenthood, beautifully encapsulating the profound emotions and timeless moments shared between parent and child. With tender rhymes and heartfelt messages, Schwartz eloquently expresses the universal experience of watching children grow amidst the ever-passing time. Through poignant verses, the author invites readers to reflect on the fleeting nature of childhood, urging time to slow down so every cherished moment can be savored indefinitely. Each poem is a heartfelt plea to freeze time, capturing the beauty of childhood innocence and the boundless love parents have for their children.

The illustrations accompanying the text are captivating and appealing to young readers while enhancing the emotional depth of the verses. Together, words and images create a tapestry of love and nostalgia, evoking a sense of warmth and tenderness that resonates with readers of all ages. Schwartz's personal touch as both a mother and a physician associate infuses the book with authenticity and sincerity. Her profound understanding of the preciousness of time with children shines through, reminding us to cherish each moment and embrace the imperfections that make life unique.

The book opens with a poignant plea: “Please slow down time / and keep it this way... / I want to embrace this moment, / forever and a day.” These words set the tone for the tender exploration of the bittersweet reality that childhood is fleeting, yet a parent's love is enduring. Throughout the pages, readers encounter verses that capture the tenderness of parental love and the fond moments shared with a child: “My dear, sweet child, / the memories will stay... / I’ll never forget / how you giggle and play.” These lines resonate deeply, reminding us of the preciousness of each passing moment. As the book progresses, Schwartz invites readers into the intimate moments of bedtime routines and whispered promises: “You look at me with those beautiful eyes / as I sing you a bedtime lullaby. / A kiss on your head after these long days, / one last whisper, 'Be my baby always.” These tender moments tug at the heartstrings, evoking a sense of warmth and nostalgia.

As the pages turn, readers are reminded of the simple joys in everyday moments—laughter, bedtime routines, and whispered promises of eternal love. This Day I Hold Dear is a gentle reminder to savor the present and create lasting memories with those closest to our hearts. Ellissa Schwartz's This Day I Hold Dear is more than just a children's book—it celebrates parenthood. With its heartfelt verses and enchanting illustrations, this book will touch the hearts of families for generations to come.

Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott

Reviewed Date: March 25, 2024

Category: Children's Picture Books

Children's Books