A sweet bedtime song for older children. The Road Home, by Katie Cotton and Sarah Jacoby, is exquisite. Animal parents in the wild speak to their children and thus speak to our own. “Come with me through tangled trees and thorns that grasp our coats. The air is cold and sharp as ice. It chills our trembling throats.” Attention is drawn to the perils they may face. “The wolf is near. His name is Fear.” A soft cushion of love and comfort diminishes any unease when the animals return home. “Now, at last, we’re safe and sound, safe in cosy deep…This road is hard, this road is long, but we are not alone. For you are here, and I’m with you…and so this road is home.”
Jacoby’s velvety watercolour illustrations in earthy tones and Cotton’s lyrical and pensive text work together to soothe any fret or flurry. There is one tense moment where colours deepen, but we’re quickly brought back to the “sun and sky and sparkling, dancing light,” and the dearest ending.