This is a realistic and honest story about a girl s uncle who is battling with AIDS She tells the story 1st person narrative which makes the book seem evenpersonal and the images are full bleed so it becomes evenpersonal This book was nicely done to discuss the issue of losing someone to this disease and how to cope with the pain. I think the author did an excellent job of portraying a child s innocent views of dying family members. Too Far Away to Touch is a story about a young girl named Zoe and her bond with her Uncle Leonard Throughout the story, they go on multiple adventures, trying lots of new things As time goes on, Zoe notices that her uncle is starting to act differently He tries to brush it off like nothing is different but eventually tells Zoe that he is sick with AIDS Zoe then learns how to cope with the fact that our loved ones won t be with us forever, but they re never truly gone Some major themes of th Too Far Away to Touch is a story about a young girl named Zoe and her bond with her Uncle Leonard Throughout the story, they go on multiple adventures, trying lots of new things As time goes on, Zoe notices that her uncle is starting to act differently He tries to brush it off like nothing is different but eventually tells Zoe that he is sick with AIDS Zoe then learns how to cope with the fact that our loved ones won t be with us forever, but they re never truly gone Some major themes of the story include making the most of the time you have with people and learning to cope with pain.After reading this book, I would give it a five star rating for a couple reasons First of all, the book is very appealing from a visual point of view The illustrations are very colorful and detailed, bringing the story to life The storyimportantly addresses a very difficult topic in a way that many children could understand It also has the potential to spark a conversation with parents and or teachers about loss, and healthy ways to go about the topic I personally enjoyed reading this book very much I thought that especially for a children s book, it depicted a serious situation very realistically I think that this would be great to keep as a resource to read to my children in the future, to better familiarize them with the tough topic of death, because it is something that everyone encounters at some point in their life I would definitely recommend this book because it has a great message and could help children who are dealing with the passing or illness of a loved one It also has engaging and helpful illustrations that could make itenjoyable and clear for the children reading I thought this was a wonderful book that had a lot of details and a beautiful story. This book covers a very serious topic, terminal illness, in a loving way The innocence of the main character reminds us all that it is not only the person who is ill that is effected Although the character in this story has AIDS, the story could be used to help a child dealing with loss of anyone with any terminal illness.Because of the serious subject matter, I would not read this book to young children without taking time to discuss it afterwards. Too Far Away to Touch has beautiful illustrations that depict the mood in the story The illustrator uses water color and pencil and uses different techniques, such as using shading and different lights The text is sometimes imbedded within the illustrations, while other times its on a white page with borders On the end pages we see an audience gazing at the stars, which gives the reader a heads up on what could happen in the book It is a nice introduction without having to put it in words T Too Far Away to Touch has beautiful illustrations that depict the mood in the story The illustrator uses water color and pencil and uses different techniques, such as using shading and different lights The text is sometimes imbedded within the illustrations, while other times its on a white page with borders On the end pages we see an audience gazing at the stars, which gives the reader a heads up on what could happen in the book It is a nice introduction without having to put it in words The story is told through illustrations that enhance the story However, much of the story would be lost without the text The illustrations definitely add to the message of the story The colors used are very bright and lively, with exception of a couple pages where the mood changes to aserious tone It went over the head of the three year old, but a gentle intro to ongoing chronic terminal illnesses in this case, AIDS. Zoe s Uncle Leonard makes her feel special, taking her out to lunch and star filled afternoons at the Planetarium Though ill and always tired, he surprises her by decorating the ceiling in her room with hundreds of glow in the dark stars Uncle Leonard can t promise Zoe when or if he will ever get well, but he reassures her he will always love her and, like the stars, be close enough to see