Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
With or Without is a humorous comparison of life with or without certain items. Author Michelle Panek has created a rhyming story of opposites. How would you feel if you had something and then it was gone? Or what if you enjoy seeing something and then it was missing? With or Without by Michelle Panek reminds us to appreciate the small things in life because they could disappear. Michelle and Olivia are two girls who play a game of guessing what it would be like if you didn’t have something. In the end, they’re just glad to have each other. For example, what would it be like if you didn’t have mittens in the winter or what if there were no airplanes?
Illustrator Kalpart has created simple but wonderful artwork for this children's picture book. I love how the illustrations include a hilarious cartoon cat or dog in humorous positions to add a bit of fun to the pages. I would buy this book for the three-dimensional, fun cartoon images, which complement the rhyming words. I think children will enjoy looking at the pictures to find out what’s unusual—perhaps a cat standing on two legs instead of four. Author Michelle Panek has written a wonderful short story that teachers, parents, and storytellers will enjoy sharing with young children. When parents read this book with children, they could add an interactive component by making children guess what the opposite would be. Find out why With or Without, we still have each other.