Like a Life Jacket by Tina Skuce is a first person perspective of a relationship between a father and daughter, but truly focuses on the power of a mindful mentor in a young person’s life. It reminds us that a solid relationship can help someone survive even the most treacherous of waters.
Illustrated by Peter W. Harris, the poem comes to life in this vibrant picture book that explores the power of human relationships. From a childhood journey to the role of an adult mentor for the next generation, this book can be appreciated by children and adults. Perhaps the story is only about a life jacket, but the metaphors run deep.
“Like a Life Jacket effected my perspective of writing and illustrating by learning that sometimes simple things can tell more about something than you might think.”
-DW, Fifth Grade Student
“This book has been an inspiration to my students since the first day of school. We began our year reading this amazing story and looking beyond the words on the page. Like a Life Jacket has been my mentor text all year. From developing our “life jackets” and writing about who our life jackets are to learning to think deeper, this book has inspired my students to continue learning how to think beyond the surface and become stronger readers and writers. It is truly amazing!”
“Like a Life Jacket succinctly utilizes the simplicity of a protective object with the complexity of a father’s loving relationship with his daughter. Both need each other and simultaneously hope not to need each other.”
“This is an amazing book for all ages. We all need a “life jacket” when life is confusing and our path is not clear. As a reading specialist, I appreciate the beautiful words and deep thoughts that provide opportunities for a rich discussion with my students.”
“As a teacher and mother, I understand that I am one to secure “life jackets”, but I know throughout my life there are “life jackets” that are there to hold me, secure me, and bring balance to my life! This is a beautiful book that will touch your heart no matter how old you are.”
“This book is a tender reassurance about the healthy, but often painful developmental journeys of growing up and separating from family. It’s message is one of ongoing unconditional love through the enlivening stages of individuation and differentiation for both parent and child.”