Draw Me Close To You

Children - Social Issues
36 Pages
Reviewed on 01/19/2021
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Tunde has already lost his mother to a terrible disease. And now his father is sad and distant. Tunde feels alone. Except when his painting and drawing his pictures. It was a special activity, a passion he shared with his mother. Papa doesn’t understand, especially when Tunde’s report card says the boy’s marks are failing. When trying to reason with Tunde, Papa psychologically pushes the boy away by destroying the boy’s artwork. Tunde runs out of their apartment and onto the busy street where he’s hit by a vehicle and seriously injured. Unfortunately, for Tunde and Papa, it took a trauma like this to allow both sides to realize that what they need most is each other.

Kossim Osseni’s picture book story, Draw Me Close To You, is a compassionate story about family dynamics and expectations at a time when the family is shattered by the loss of a loved one. Papa and his son, Tunde, are struggling over the loss of Tunde’s mother, and the two are using what they know best to deal with their grief. For Tunde, it is his art; for Papa, it is his work. As the plot develops, the two struggle to come to terms with not only their loss, but really is important in their lives. While school marks, work and art are important, it’s the loving bond of a parent and a child that really matters. Both young and old must learn to love and accept the other as they are and just enjoy being together. A powerful story about love, loss and what really matters in life. Beautifully illustrated.