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“Ask me!” says the little girl to her father. They are going for a fall walk around the neighborhood. She wants her papa to ask her questions. “What do you like?” “What else do you like?” And they talk about seashells and starfish, ice cream cones and stories, waiting and next Thursday.

“What is next Thursday?” The text is as honest and tender as any conversation that a parent has had with their 4- or 5-year-old. Published posthumously,this picture book honors the tradition of stories for young readers by the beloved children’s author Bernard Waber. The accompanying illustrations support the gentleness and intimacy of the text. A great gift book. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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