Nickolson tells the story of a preschooler with separation anxiety in her debut picture book. Katherine’s anxiety about staying away from her mother Helen is making her reluctant to go to school for her kindergarten, but Helen’s old stories about a magic car provide comfort to the child, giving her courage to deal with her separation anxiety. Nickolson explains many lessons for young readers while also introducing aspects that children enjoy, including animals and magic cars. The book is one of those happy little read-alouds that dive into a world where friendship, love, and affection come into a child’s mind when they read the story. The book is great for teaching children how to read, how to be kind, and that things can be wonderful. The content is primarily focused on younger readers, and the narrative sort of drags. Anyone older than a preschooler will find it extremely tedious.
Great Grandma’s Shed: Marcum Road Follies
By Helen Nickolson (Author), Tanya Maneki (Illustrator)
Adelaide Books Publishers
Price $14.90 (USD) Hardcover, $7.03 Kindle edition