My Family Four Floors Up by Caroline Stutson


My Family Four Floors Up by Caroline Stutson
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Genre: Childrens, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (32 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

This friendly, rhyming story follows a child and her father–as well as their cute pets, a puppy and a cat–through the day. From morning ritual to bedtime story (and all the fun in between!), life in the fourth floor walk up and on the city streets and parks below is sweet and filled with tender moments between parent and child.

 

There are beautiful colors to see everywhere you look in this world.

Kindness was woven into every scene of this tale. I really liked seeing the main character and her dad navigate their way through such a busy but also gentle city. There aren’t enough children’s stories out there about life in urban areas. This is even more true when it comes to preschoolers in particular, so I was pretty happy to stumble across something that’s perfect for this age group.

There was a part of the plot that didn’t seem right to me. It had to do with how the characters traveled to and from their fourth-story apartment. All of the apartment buildings I’ve ever lived in have had both elevators and stairs, so I was shocked to see that these characters only had one way to get outside. Given that they appeared to live in a pretty large and busy building, it would have been nice to know why it hadn’t been modernized yet.

I enjoyed the way the author included so many different colors in her descriptions of this neighborhood. Some of the items she picked out were pretty creative! For example, there aren’t a lot of pink things in the average city, so the example she came up with for this color made me smile. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it worked perfectly for the plot.

My Family Four Floors Up should be read by anyone who is in the mood for a book that creatively teaches children about colors and where they can be found.

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