Thursday, September 15, 2022

" Innis and Ernest" - a bookwrap



Innis and Ernest: An Unlikely Friendship Between Young and Old

by Carissa Shillito


* Ages:  3-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover: 32 pages

* Publisher:  B&H Publishing Group

* Pub. Date:  November 8, 2022

* ISBN: 9781087761787

* Language:  English 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

I LOVE this heartwarming book.  Innis is an adorable little boy who is an only child.  He loves being that way because he doesn't have to share. That means... all the marshmallows? all to himself, all his cars? all over the place, and any show on tv? anytime.  Life is grand!  

Then one day everything changes.  Ernest, a 90-year-old man, comes to live at his house and life isn't "all-about-me" anymore for Innis.  He must start sharing his home and his space with someone else.  So now it's not about me but we. How does Innis react to the change? 

At first he is not impressed but as he gets to interact and know Ernest better he learns to appreciate him and a special bond is interwoven between the two.  Innis and his new friend have many things in common.  They love being together and celebrating the personal and fun things in life.  

This lovely gentle book features a cross-generational friendship and is full of love, sharing and humour.  It highlights the importance of having  younger kids enjoy relationships with senior citizens. Both young and old benefit from spending time together. 

The illustrations are perfect and make the positive message of story animated.  They are detailed and interesting, and engaging.  

The author has included a "Parent Connection" segment at the end of the book with Biblical references to read. These scriptures will spark valuable conversations about the elderly.  I highly, highly recommend this inspiring book for people of all ages.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/ Illustrator

Carissa Shillito has always liked to write, draw, and play the fiddle. She grew up in a big city near Dallas and now lives in a small Kansas town. She loves riding in a dust-covered van along country roads with her husband and four boys and coming home to a Christian retreat center called Shalom, which means peace. It was there that her family had the privilege of living with an "Ernest," who was 100 years old. Friends and family are the most important part of Carissa's life besides her best friend, Jesus.

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