Love Written by Stacy McAnulty and Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Love must be on the mind of picturebook writers. 2018 will be bookended by Matt de la Peña’s Love, released in January of this year and Stacy McAnulty‘s Love, coming out from Running Press Kids on December 4! Illustrated beautifully by Joanne Lew-VriethoffLoves offers a needed reminder of the small things we can do to send our love.

Less cerebral than de la Peña’s take on love, McAnulty’s version defines love in inexpensive, meaningful ways, from making baked goods to drawing handmade cards to picking flowers to singing with close ones. Many of the book’s lines are told through similes and metaphors, encouraging readers to consider how love is defined in their lives. ❤️

Perhaps my favorite part of Love is Lew-Vriethoff’s illustrations. The wildflower scene in which two young girls create a heart with their arms is just stunning. And the garden party that ends in sparkler-created hearts of love provides a wonderful final image for this heartwarming text.

Characters of many backgrounds are presented in the text, and most pages fit together seamlessly – except perhaps the poetry page, which seems slightly disjointed in its combination of beach and winter scenes.

I very much enjoyed reading this to my little guy. A wonderful book to add to your to-read list, Love earns four stars. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


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