Nancy is looking for someone to play with but as often happens in the modern Western family, everyone is busy. One by one, each member of the family tells Nancy ‘Not now.’

When Nancy asks, ‘when then?’ each, in turn promises ‘Later.’

Later seems to take a long time coming, so Nancy decides to explore on her own. She chooses a sturdy companion to help her discover the world: a great big tree.

Tina Matthews leaves no doubt in my mind that Nancy is a fearless adventurer. Her journey from branch to branch takes Nancy close to the night sky and has me holding my breath, hoping nothing will go wrong.

Being a mother of children who were once young, I think I’d be inclined to wait till they were old enough to discuss potential dangers before I shared Waiting for Later. In the same breath, I suspect the adults reading this sweet little story about the frustration of waiting might feel a tiny twinge about the times they sent little ones away to amuse themselves.

This multi-layered story for young and old is one that is full of the promise of later, while the joy of adventuring now is not underestimated.

Title: Waiting for Later
Author/Illustrator: Tina Matthews
Publisher: Walker Books. $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: May 2011, reprinted 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922077035
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book
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