. . . I wanted you more than you’ll ever know,
. so I sent love to follow wherever you go. . . .
Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It’s the one thing they can carry with them each and every day.
If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Here is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.
A Look Inside Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You
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Tillman’s self-described mission to let children know that they are loved is well manifested here. Formulaically similar in format and tone to On the Night You Were Born (2006) and Eric Metaxas’ It’s Time to Sleep, My Love (2008), which Tillman illustrated, this picture book presents a heartfelt, greeting card–worthy rhyme matched with fanciful mixed-media images of a child who cavorts across brilliantly hued landscapes and is joined by wild animals, from peacocks to pandas, along the way. On every spread, the speaker promises undying adoration and support: “My love is so high, and so wide and so deep, it’s always right there, even when you’re asleep.” The line between sweetness and schmaltz is subjective, and some may slot this offering into the latter camp. But the appeal of a title such as this that encourages an adult and child to snuggle affectionately together with a book is undeniable and may make this just the balm the doctor (or librarian) ordered. Preschool-Grade 2. --Andrew Medlar