Three Squeezes is one of those books that is lovely in multiple ways; yet, it is a hard book to recommend. Jason Pratt’s story is simple: the narrator speaks of the love the parent has for the child. It talks about the why and what they will do to show it. Then as the child grows, so does the narrator’s story. They show how love never leaves, just adapts to the situation. And eventually, we find ourselves at an ending that is a somber note that foretells what will happen to the parent when they will no longer be the one giving the three squeezes but will be needing them. As they know they taught their child what those three squeezes mean, so they can be passed onto the next generation.
Chris Sheban’s illustrations were the perfect fit for it all. Colorful, bold and yet, not over the top or “in your face.” They match the tone with softness and careful details. You could almost say they are a character in themselves. I could se them framed for the child’s room and as a way for the non-reader to pickup some of the themes and ideas presented.
Who do you give it to? As a baby shower gift? Maybe, but then it would be not be for the child, but one that is given directly to the parents to eventually give to the child. This is not necessarily going to become an everyday reading. Or perhaps you could give this picture book as a graduation gift for college if you are looking for an unusual graduation/not traditional book. This would be from the parent, to the child once again. This is a book the parent needs to see if your situation fits.