LOVE by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Loren Long

Love by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Loren Long

A complex and moving picture book for young children–and for everyone. I urge you all to read Matt de la Peña’s interview :  Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children from Darkness and Kate di Camillo’s response:  Why Children’s Books Should Be a Little Sad

Children long for realism as well as confirmation that they are loved.  This new poetic book by Matt de la Peña is rich in both.  I can vouch for the fact that the book speaks honestly to readers and audiences, and that it tugs at your heart strings.  Author and illustrator stress the power of love, even in the darkest times, even in the hard ups and downs that are part of our lives. My favorite line might just be: “A slice of burned toast that tastes like love.” The accompanying illustration is spot on.  This wonderful book reminds us that love is everywhere even in places we might not have bothered to look.

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