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Love Hardcover – Illustrated, January 9, 2018
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Love by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Loren Long
In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed and the sound of their voices is love.
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Indie Bestseller
A Winter 2017-2018 Kids’ Indie Next Top Pick
Five Starred Reviews
An Amazon Best of the Year Pick 2018 – Ages 3-5
A Time Magazine Best Children’s Book of 2018
An NPR Best Book of 2018
"Accompanied by Loren Long’s charming illustrations, this book, also available in Spanish, celebrates how love exists in the ordinary and why we should treasure moments, big and small, with the people in our lives."—Time Magazine
"[A] poetic reckoning of the importance of love in a child's life . . . eloquent and moving."—People Magazine
"Everything that can be called love — from shared joy to comfort in the darkness — is gathered in the pages of this reassuring, refreshingly honest picture book."—The New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice / Staff Picks From the Book Review
“Lyrical and sensitive, ‘Love’ is the sort of book likely to leave readers of all ages a little tremulous, and brimming with feeling.”—The Wall Street Journal
★ "De la Peña’s prose poem speaks right to young children. . . . People often talk to children about love; in these pages, they can see and feel what it’s like. And there’s plenty for everybody."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This book looks into the darkness and still finds stars twinkling overhead.”—The New York Times Book Review
★ “From the moment prose and art appear in the opening spread, de la Peña and Long usher readers into a patient, pensive meditation on love. . . . Timely, timeless, and utterly necessary.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Newbery Award–winning De la Peña offers a lyrical ode to love in this stirring picture book. . . . In De la Peña’s lines, love becomes not just an emotion between people but a feeling suffusing the world.”—Booklist
★ “Long and Matt de la Peña . . . hit the mark with Love . . . a gentle, poetic picture book about love in all circumstances, even the tough ones.”—Shelf Awareness
★ "This heartfelt and sensitively rendered picture book meditation begs to be shared and discussed with children . . . Spread the love."—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “An exquisitely written and illustrated picture book that speaks of how love, even when it’s difficult to recognize, can percolate up through the most common of daily circumstances.”—The Horn Book, starred review
"Love – it's an abstract emotion, right? Not even close. These pictures and words describe a zillion ways to think of love . . . For readers, this book is a lifelong challenge to ask: What is love? And how can we create more of it in what we think and do and say?"—Justine Kenin, producer, All Things Considered, in NPR's Book Concierge Guide to 2018’s Great Reads
About the Author
Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Otis series. He’s also the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama, as well as the re-illustrated, #1 New York Times bestseller The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. He lives near Cincinnati with his wife, two sons, and two Weimaraners. Visit him online at LorenLong.com or on Twitter @lorenlong.
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (January 9, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524740918
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524740917
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD830L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.88 x 0.42 x 11.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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But I think the dark parts of the book are a little too dark for my daughter.
You know how the giving tree has this tree that sacrifices itself for the good of the boy, but the illustrations and the story are vague enough that you can still read it to little ones without them being freaked out by the message? This book isn't vague in that way, an illustration shows a little boy hiding under a table with his mom crying and his dad leaving while the narration speaks of people 'flaming out'. "Poppy, what does it mean that people flame out? And why is that boy hiding? Is his parents angry at him?". Yeah, not a conversation I was prepared to tackle at bedtime. But I guess that's on me for not prereading a book that was recommended for my daughter's age group.
This seems like one of those children's books you give to high school graduates (like The Giving Tree) when they graduate. Kind of like a congratulations card in book form that has a not so hidden message.
What I don't get is talking about love ending in a book on love. Why not focus on love's evolution? Tears out of love at a funeral (a love of hugs becoming a love of memory) would have been preferable to me to a scared kid and hinting at divorcing parents. Heck the next page could have shown the kid with his mom and dad separatly sharing loving moments and talked about love evolving and at least done some damage control. But no it shows a child being ostracized by their family and then is followed on the next page by a nightmare. Yeah bedtime reading.
In general I didn't like the writing. It may be a preference, but it felt very disjointed to me. I understand it was a series of disconnected scenes that all demonstrate love (or the flaming out of love). But really it didn't flow organically to me and the ending, while a good sentiment, felt unearned.
Its hard to articulate why but I almost would have been happier with all the words removed and just had the pictures with the title 'Love'.
With all the five-star reviews I feel kind of like a guy at a museum of post modern art. It's a red canvas, why are all the critics raving? This is a gorgeous book but the writing is not great and the message and metaphors are a bit obtuse. I mean if the art was any less good I would give it one, maybe two stars.
TL,DR Not my cup of tea and read before reading to little ones to be sure you are ready for a difficult question or two.
PS I didn't really like the other book (I Don't Want to Be a Frog) I got in the subscription box (I felt the writing/messaging in both was subpar) so I cancelled my subscription because it wasn't worth it even at a discount.
In fact, the first time I read through with my own kids at bedtime, I got so choked up I couldn’t finish the last page. The second time we read it, my husband offered to be the reader to spare me (I still cried).
This book strikes the perfect balance between being a love letter to our children, and being as honest as possible that life has its dark times. (If you haven’t read Matt de la Peña’s TIME article about writing about darkness for children, I recommend it). It’s a book about finding love and beauty all around you no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you live. It’s also a book about understanding that love ends and loved ones do wrong and that sometimes it’s hard to see the love in the world.
LOVE is one of the most diverse books I’ve seen, showing racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and socioeconomic diversity. This is truly a book that can be embraced as a mirror and a window for so many families.
Someday maybe I’ll be able to read it all the way through without crying. But I’m not there yet.
Loren Long's illustrations, are scenes from the every day made extraordinary, by the acts of love portrayed; a child who is not shy when offering to share food with a a man who might be homeless, a police officer playing with kids and being soaked by the park's sprinklers on a hot summer day, family trying to shelter younger children from news on TV, a street performer pouring his heart out as he sings a melody. Long made sure that we see the everyday extraordinary where love makes its appearance.
One of my favorite lines is: "A slice of burned toast that tastes like love", love is everywhere even in places we might not have bothered to look. So really look, because we all have been loved, are loved, so hard, by others, by the universe, by ourselves...and this book will help us remember. Keep this book close, for when you need it, De La Peña's words and Long's illustrations will remind us just how much we have been, and are, loved.
We gave this to our five-year-old for Valentine’s Day, and I am so happy with our gift. As we read it together, he cuddled into me, asking questions about which moments were true for our family or others. We especially appreciated the diverse family and community vignettes, which reflect our own world - with people of different colors, cultures, family structures and physical realities.
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I have no help from Amazon.