Too Far Away to Touch

Too Far Away to Touch Zoe s Uncle Leonard makes her feel special taking her out to lunch and star filled afternoons at the Planetarium Though ill and always tired he surprises her by decorating the ceiling in her room wi

  • Title: Too Far Away to Touch
  • Author: Lesléa Newman Catherine Stock
  • ISBN: 9780395689684
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zoe s Uncle Leonard makes her feel special, taking her out to lunch and star filled afternoons at the Planetarium Though ill and always tired, he surprises her by decorating the ceiling in her room with hundreds of glow in the dark stars Uncle Leonard can t promise Zoe when or if he will ever get well, but he reassures her he will always love her and, like the stars, beZoe s Uncle Leonard makes her feel special, taking her out to lunch and star filled afternoons at the Planetarium Though ill and always tired, he surprises her by decorating the ceiling in her room with hundreds of glow in the dark stars Uncle Leonard can t promise Zoe when or if he will ever get well, but he reassures her he will always love her and, like the stars, be close enough to see.

    One thought on “Too Far Away to Touch”

    1. This is a quiet, very much understated book about a girl named Zoe's experiences as she begins to see her Uncle Leonard's health deteriorate from the AIDS virus that he has contracted. The writing is thoughtful and the pacing is sure. Author Leslea Newman offers no miracle finishes, plot twists or full end to the story, but instead carves out for us a piece of reality that will touch the heart and stay firmly in one's mind. This is a nice book.

    2. This is a realistic and honest story about a girl’s uncle who is battling with AIDS. She tells the story (1st person narrative) which makes the book seem even more personal and the images are full bleed so it becomes even more personal. This book was nicely done to discuss the issue of losing someone to this disease and how to cope with the pain.

    3. Too Far Away to Touch has beautiful illustrations that depict the mood in the story. The illustrator uses water color and pencil and uses different techniques, such as using shading and different lights. The text is sometimes imbedded within the illustrations, while other times its on a white page with borders. On the end pages we see an audience gazing at the stars, which gives the reader a heads up on what could happen in the book. It is a nice introduction without having to put it in words. T [...]

    4. This book covers a very serious topic, terminal illness, in a loving way. The innocence of the main character reminds us all that it is not only the person who is ill that is effected. Although the character in this story has AIDS, the story could be used to help a child dealing with loss of anyone with any terminal illness.Because of the serious subject matter, I would not read this book to young children without taking time to discuss it afterwards.

    5. It went over the head of the three year old, but a gentle intro to ongoing/chronic/terminal illnesses (in this case, AIDS).

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