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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
“With You Always,” written by Danielle Leibovici, LMFT, is a touching story that will be treasured by children and adults alike. A little boy is afraid one night and runs into his grandmother’s room. She comforts him by explaining that no one is ever alone and shares a song with him: “you are never alone, you are not on your own, like the sun with its rays, I am with you always.” When he questions how she can always be with him, they discuss how he knows that the air is there. It is because he breathes it and feels it when the wind blows; that is how he knows. One day the boy comes home and everyone is sad because his grandmother has passed away. The boy goes outside, the wind blows and he remembers what his grandmother told him and he knows that she is there with him. On special occasions such as his high school graduation and his wedding, the wind blows and he is reminded of the song and that his grandmother is there. One night, soon after becoming a father, he goes into the baby’s bedroom and shares the song with her and it is passed down through to his children and grandchildren.
This story reminded me of the timeless book, “Love You Forever,” as they both focus on promises that are shared among loved ones. The illustrations compliment the story so well as they are beautiful and soothing. This is an excellent book to share with someone after a loss of a loved one, but it is also an excellent book to read periodically as it will remind each of us that we are not alone. While reading this book, I found myself thinking about loved ones whom I have lost, specifically my grandparents, and the special moments I had shared with them and also the moments that they physically missed, but yet I know they were there in spirit. Also, it is important to note that this book is not based upon one type of religion; it is neutral with regard to what religion one may adhere to and each person/family can expand on the religious aspect of the book with their own personal beliefs.