Take Heart My Child: A Mother’s Dream by Ainsley Earhardt, illustrated by Jaime Kim

Take Heart My Child: A Mother’s Dream by Ainsley Earhardt, illustrated by Jaime 515MrbUcuwL__AC_US218_Kim. Simon and Schuster, 9781534426313, 2018.

 Format: Board Book

Rating 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? The is a sweet rhyming story of the wishes a mother has for her child. Even before this child is born, the mother expresses all the wonderful things she wants for her child — walking on sandy shores, exploring the ocean, overcoming fears, daring to be different, following your heart, embracing the world, and striving to be happy. I could really visualize a caregiver reading this to a child and almost lulling them to sleep. The message is so optimistic and encouraging and really almost written for parents as a reminder of what is important in the lives of our children.  The illustrations are beautiful, both colorful and soft at the same time, and compliment and enrich the text in this story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? When I first read this book, my immediate thought was that it would be great for a baby shower gift but I was not so sure how it would circulate in a library. Upon reflection, I think it would be a great addition to any library. Even though the concepts are too advanced for a young child, just the positive message and rhyming text would make this a joy to read for the caregiver — especially after a long day of caring for a young child. I have always believed that some children’s books are written more for an adult than a child and this might be one of them.

Who should buy it? Preschool, nursery schools, daycare, public libraries, any group that works with children under the age of five.

Where would you shelve it? Board Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” pile? Yes

Reviewer: Kristin Guay, Centerville Library, Centerville, MA

Date of Review: December 5, 2018

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