Thursday, January 31, 2019

Love by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff from Running Press Kids

My thoughts:  Shortly, Valentine's Day will be front and center and kiddies will be filling out little Valentine cards for classmates. Sweethearts will rack their brains to find a special way to show their "love" for their sweetheart. Husbands will descend upon florists, sellers of chocolates, and card displays hopeful of getting the just right item to tell their wife he loves her. And the story of love and Valentine go on and on. But just what IS LOVE, really?

The author and illustrator have shown in this beautifully executed children's picture book what love is. And the gist is that love is being nice, being kind, giving a card, sharing some flowers. And it all boils down to the joy and happiness that is shown in the expressions of the characters as they go about showing their love.

...... Because nothing else matters without love.
It can be seen every day.
It can be seen everywhere....

The illustrations are charming. They capture the very heart of love (pun definitely intended). From "Facetime" video hugs from a mommy afar off in the military to two children communicating in sign language. The book exudes joy, happiness, and - yes - love.

About the book: From award-winning author Stacy McAnulty comes a sweet story about love and what it's really all about.

What is love? Can you only express it in fancy meals, greeting cards, and heart-shaped chocolates? Kids will find love everywhere in this delightful book. It can be found in everyday moments such as baking cookies with grandma, notes from Mom in your lunchbox, or a family singing together on a car trip, and it isn't always what you expect!

With delightful illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff and sweetly simple prose by award-winning author Stacy McAnulty, this is the perfect book to teach children what love means, why it's important, and how they can spread the love in their daily lives.

💖💝 Why not purchase one for your child or a grandchild? 

What a lovely Valentine to give them! 💖💝

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of the author and publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.

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