The story begins with Violet remembering when her family used to gather at the table. She fondly reminisces about the happy memories they made – setting the table, preparing meals, singing, talking, celebrating, and just sharing together.
However, as in many families, each member has become engrossed in their own activities: texting, watching television, and playing online games. As more time goes by, Violet observes that the kitchen table starts to shrink.
With resolve, she invites her parents and brother to spend time with her. They start by researching how to construct a new table, then take on the task of building it together. Thanks to Violet’s resourcefulness, confidence, and self-reliance (not to mention the fact that they work together as a family), they build an even better table where they can once again make memories.
This delightful story speaks to a child’s ability to make the things within her control better for herself and the ones she loves. As Violet’s family uses the same technology that had begun to separate them, the story shows that it’s how technology is used that makes the difference.
The illustrations also do a wonderful job of conveying the message in Our Table. The shift in mood is evident and visceral; the shades of violet and white when Violet’s by herself stand in stark contrast to the vibrant colours when she is interacting with her family.
This charming, hopeful book will empower children to recognize that they are capable of accomplishing wonderful things. It also serves as a reminder to adults of the importance of spending time together. This book is highly recommended for home, school, and public libraries.