- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Board book: 18 pages
- Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition (December 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310758610
- ISBN-13: 978-0310758617
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lots of Love Board book – December 27, 2016
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About the Author
Kim Washburn has been writing for children for more than ten years. While working at Focus on the Family, two of her original stories were recognized by the Evangelical Press Association, including first place in the fiction category. Her nonfiction books for young readers have reached a wide audience―including Breaking Through by Grace: The Bono Story and Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story.
Jacqueline has been illustrating children's books for many years. She has worked above a chocolate factory, from a caravan by the sea, and now works from home near a city farm with her faithful dog curled up near her feet. She has illustrated books that have been published across the globe, and when asked what her inspiration is, she says, "everything!"
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He loves me through and through.
My heart is overflowing
And I want to show love too,” Kim Washburn writes in her children’s book, Lots of Love.
~ What ~
At eighteen pages, this cut-out board book with a front cover that has shiny red writing and a matching heart targets children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about a full day of loving others and sharing.
Written with some complicated wording, this short book that has a valentines theme with four lines of rhyming on every page is about a little girl wanting to love and hug others. Bright, colorful, and expressive pictures cover both sides of the pages with the black easy-to-read font written innocuously within the illustration.
In this story, the little girl starts her day wanting to share her love as she feels cheerful. She shows affection to her pet dog, mother, sister, brothers, daddy, friends, teacher, and God. Playing outside or inside, in the classroom or on the playground, and at home or in bed, she declares love makes others happier. When she gives her homemade valentine to her teacher, she comes home empty-handed but tells her family she loves them.
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves a bedtime story when she visits, and this one she can understand although it is for older children. With Valentine’s Day in mind, the illustrator’s depiction of the happy girl interacting with others and making valentines or having heart-shaped cookies are expressive and fun. While a young one is being read out loud the story, there is plenty of action in the artworks.
~ Why Not ~
Advanced readers may find the book sophomoric and childish. I think it targets the three- to six-year-old beginner reader more accurately. Some may not like rhyming stories, but this one flows well.
~ Who ~
Writing for children for the past ten years, Washburn writes both fiction and non-fiction and has won an award. Illustrator East has been creating for several years and illustrates books that have been published around the world.
~ Wish ~
With God only mentioned once, it would be helpful if He was the focal point of love. It would be fun to have the child look for all the added hearts on each page.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute book regarding love and Valentine’s Day, this will make a nice gift for a young one for the upcoming holiday.
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book I am freely evaluating.
She starts out receiving special hugs from her mom and puppy that she can share with others. This is a book that has more than one or two words on each page. It would be a good book to show little ones but they won’t have the patience or attention span to have you read every word. Good for ages 4 - 8-year-old who would like you reading all the words. It might help them recognize some sight words for preschoolers and those in kindergarten.
The book ends with the same little girl ending her day in prayer and being thankful for the day she had filled with opportunities to share. I liked the message and the lovely pictures that walk a child through the many different ways to show people you care; shows how to receive love and encouragement from others.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLookforbloggers site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
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Lots of Love by Kim Washburn is a hard covered, board book that follows a young girl from when she wakes up Valentine’s morning through her day. She spends time playing with a little dog and snuggling with her mommy. He daddy takes her to school where she helps clean up, spends time with her friends, and makes a glittery heart that she gives her teacher. When she gets home she tells her family she loves them.
This is a very cute Valentine’s Day story for the preschooler and young reader. I like how the story follows this little girl through her day as she helps others, gives and receives love from her family, friends and teacher.As well as how it explains that God is who gives us what we have and how much he loves us.
Being a board book, this is a very durable book for the younger child but an older child may find this a little childish.The pages are brightly colored pictures of children, animals and adults in varying scenes such as out doors, in school and at home. The story is written in rhyme and teaches those reading and listening to the book about the love shared between family and friends. This is the perfect book to spend time snuggling and reading with a younger child.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and this is my honest review.