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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
We are all different and we all learn differently and at different speeds. Roo, or Ruby, is no exception, although it does concern her parents when she can’t do the things they think she should be able to do when they think she should be able to do them: like walk, talk, eat solid foods, read, ride a bike and so on. But, when it comes down to the crunch, Roo does eventually make up her mind to do all of these things: in her own time and at her own pace. And, when it’s time to start school, she’s as ready as the other children.
Chuck Miller’s picture book story, Will Little Roo Ever…?, is as much a story for young readers as it is for parents. We must understand and appreciate everyone’s differences and how we learn. It’s difficult for parents to accept that their child is learning things later than other children. However, in the end, children will learn what they need to know at their own pace. The book is colorfully illustrated and the plot leads the reader through Roo’s life from birth until her first day of school. It presents the many steps of a toddler and how parents do tend to worry, sometimes too much. This adds a little humor as Roo always learns, suddenly and unexpectedly, only for the parents to somehow wish for the way things were before, if only for a moment. A beautifully told story full of love and compassion.