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Love You Always Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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Spinelli (Thankful) composes a breezy, reassuring ode to the people in children's lives who love them. Her poem moves from family member to family member (
Seasons come and seasons go./ Mama loves you always./ Sometimes rain and sometimes snow./ Mama loves you always), checking fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even a family friend off the list. Mixing curving ink lines with warm splashes of watercolor and crayon, British illustrator Flint highlights an array of families in bucolic scenes of play: a girl and her mother toss autumn leaves into the air, a father helps his daughter collect fireflies in a jar, and a grandmother reads to two children snuggled under blankets; most of the families are white, though a few have brown skin. Many scenes simply focus on the children playing on their own, a subtle suggestion, perhaps, that although their families are very present, these kids have room to explore and experience things on their own -- support without smothering. Ages 4-7. --Publishers Weekly
Whether singing, dancing, or grumbling on the verge of a tantrum, Eileen Spinelli's Love You Always conveys a message of unconditional love through simple, charmingly melodic verses and lovely pastel-hued vignettes from Gillian Flint. Ideal for reading quietly or sharing aloud, children of all ages will take comfort in knowing that whether they are happy, sad, naughty, or mad, and no matter where they are, what they are doing, or how they are feeling, someone loves them always. --Foreword
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The pages are paper, so that is probably why you wouldn’t want your toddler carrying it around. Sure to be a come to book for a read that tells your little one how much they are loved, and it continues for each member of the extended family, Mama, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie, Uncle, Cousin, and Family Friend!
“Sweet Leaf on the family tree, you are steeped in love like tea!” What a way to show how many people love your child, and with really sweet pastel drawing on each page, sure to delight!
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The illustrations are simple, yet beautiful. The rhymes are so sweet. I love the fact that it lets kids know they more than just mom and dad love them.
My best friend's daughters, ages 6 and 4, both sat down and read the book. Actually reading it. Yes, they needed help sounding out some of the words, but it was simple enough for the girls to read.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy for free from the publisher to review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of picture books, parents of young children, teachers, anyone with a child in their life
Rating - 5 stars
I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
-By Wendy Dunham
Children’s books are a favorite of mine and this one is one of the cutest I’ve paged through in a while! The illustrations are cute and happy!
AND the text rhymes. Yay!!! Another favorite for me.
Cute children’s books + rhyming words = FAVE
Worthy Kids/Ideals sent me a copy of this book to review in exchange for my opinion. All opinions 100% my own.