Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Have I Ever Told You? by Shani King & illustrated by Anna Horváth [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9780884487197
Tilbury House Publishers
Hardcover - Ages 2 - 5 years
Buy it on Amazon
My thoughts:  No smiling faces. No hugs. No cute animals. What then?

Hands. Hands of all shapes, sizes, and shades of tan, brown, yellowish, whitish. In short.... hands representative of anyone and everyone.

At first I was just a little put off by such a lack of personages - big folks, little folks, young folks, old folks. But then I thought that the illustrator's concept of an all-encompassing visage of who this book represents and who asks the question. I like it. I find it an interesting way to look at things, and the book simply fits everyone when done this way.

Also, the illustrations have lots of tiny, very detailed drawings of finger puppets, flowers, cats, and whimsical creatures populating every page along with those various hands.

The story involves an adult asking the child the question, "Have I ever told you.....?" and the questions are aimed at instilling a sense of self-worth and possibilities in the mind of the child. You can be...... You can do...... You are worth.... You are loved....

I especially like the page where the question of ".... the right thing...." is posed.

This book is a gem!


About the book:  “Have I ever told you that, for me, there is no one more special than you? That for me, you are the most special child in the world, and that I love you now and will love you forever? Have I ever told you that?”

Shani King wrote Have I Ever Told You? as a note to his children, to remind them that they are amazing in their individuality and that they have the power to choose who they want to be in this world. The illustrations create a masterful visual narrative: warm, witty, simple, profound, and as ferociously empowering as a children’s book can be.



Now you can vie with Chat With Vera readers to win a copy of this book for some child you hold dear. 

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by MMPublicity on behalf of Tilbury House Publishers to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely mine and are freely given. Winner's copy will be provided by and shipped directly to the winner by publicist or publisher.

16 comments:

  1. I read about Shani King who is a Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He is also a speaker and author. He sounds like a wonderful father and his goal right now is to empower every child he meets.

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  2. I have heard good things about Boat of Dreams and did read If Picasso Painted a Snowman. I would also like to read the Lemonade Hurricane.

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  3. I think I found a new book for my sweet granddaughter, thank you

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  4. I learned that Shani M. King is a Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and that his goal is to empower every child he meets.

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  5. I learned that Tilbury's books have won over 30 awards.

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  6. I LOVE a lot of things about their website, especially that they have books focused on multiculturalism, anti bullying, and more. I took the time to read their entire submission guidelines since writing children's books along those lines have been in my mind for a very long time.

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  7. Shani M. King is a Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. His goal is to empower every child he meets

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  8. Tilbury House is a multi-award winning independent publishing company

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  9. I like the Caribou Alphabet book.

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  10. His children are the absolute joy of his life and he lives in Miami, FL.

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  11. I think Lailah’s Lunchbox sounds good.

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  12. I learned that his goal is to empower every child he meets. Also that his children are the absolute joy of his life

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  13. Shani King is a Professor of Law, loves his children dearly and wishes to empower every child he meets. He also offers speaking engagements. :)

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  14. While You're Here, Doc sounds like a wonderful book. They have a very nice selection of books for everyone.

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  15. This book looks great my daughter would love it Tilbury House has a wonderful selection and I love that you can search by age thank you for sharing and for the opportunity

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  16. I think I like this concept of the hands! Thanks for being a part of Booknificent Thursday this month at Mommynificent.com! It’s a pleasure visiting your blog!
    Tina

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