A Book of Love by Emma Randall. Penguin Workshop, 9781524793319, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This book not only shows young children how important it is to love someone but all the different ways we can show our love to others. The text is presented in rhyme which makes this book a delight to read aloud to a child. Some more common way of expressing love through hugs and kisses is seen, but we also see other ways that love can be expressed–giving a helping hand, being patient, listening to someone who is sad, helping with jobs around the house, surprising others with a special gift or a birthday treat, sharing toys, and encouraging someone who is trying something challenging. This is a great way for children to see that there are many ways they can show their love for someone and that they can show this in whatever way is comfortable for them. I also like that this book showed how love can be expressed through forgiveness and compassion–such as befriending someone who was once unkind or reaching out to someone who has trouble making friends. I thought that was an important message for children to see.
The illustrations provided by Emma Randall are perfect! The colors are vibrant and the facial expressions of the children in the story really convey all the different emotions that go into showing love for someone such as pride, happiness, compassion, and complete joy of spending time with someone special.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of two and five. The scenarios presented in the story will be very familiar to young children. I think young children will also enjoy seeing all the little details in the illustrations.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone that works with children between the ages of two and five.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, a great way to show children how they can show they care for someone in their own special way.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: February 4, 2020