Home Is Where the Heart Is – Emma Dodd


Home Is Where the Heart Is – Emma Dodd, Templar Books, (9781536217124), 2021

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? Rhyming text tells a reassuring story about what makes a home.  A large grey and white cat and a small white cat traverse the pages that display their loving relationship.  “It’s more than just a building.  It’s more than just a place.  Home is where I know that I will see your smiling face.”  The two enjoy their time together no matter the time of day or the weather.  The digital illustrations, with highlights of gold foil, depict the loving relationship between caretaker and child.  A sweet book for very young readers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No, although the rhythm of the rhyming text is forced in several places.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of Dodd’s books will enjoy this new one.  Pair it with The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown for a reassuring story time about the love of a parent.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/9/2021        

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