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Contributor(s): de la Pena, Matt, Long, Loren (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1524740918     ISBN-13: 9781524740917
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: January 2018
Annotation: A heartfelt celebration of love by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop of Market Street and the best-selling illustrator of Of Thee I Sing depicts how people from all walks of life share a universal bond that supports and connects us in the face of fear and hardship. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Love; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Values & Virtues
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017016570
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 10.00" W x 0.50" (1.25 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 193284
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #2)
De la Peña's (Last Stop on Market Street, rev. 3/15) latest picture book is a poetic, life-affirming paean to the nature and power and ubiquity of love. The direct-address text takes the listener from birth ("In the beginning there is light / and two wide-eyed figures standing / near the foot of your bed, / and the sound of their voices is love") to young adulthood in the manner of Oh, the Places You'll Go! and other bromides. But de la Peña keeps it real. The snapshots of the daily lives of families represented in this picture book subtly touch on aging, poverty, domestic violence, national tragedies, homelessness, disability, self-acceptance, sacrifice, and loss ("But it's not only stars that flame out, you discover. / It's summers, too. / And friendships. / And people"). Long's vibrant acrylic and pencil illustrations portray people from a variety of ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, and include many families of color. The book's climax is a wordless double-page spread of a beautiful, brown-skinned, brown-eyed girl. She wears a serious expression as she studies her own mirrored reflection while the text says: "And the face staring back / in the bathroom mirror— / this, too, is love." The affirmations, both from without and from within, make this a book of positivity while avoiding a sugarcoated portrayal of life. An exquisitely written and illustrated picture book that speaks of how love, even when it's difficult to recognize, can percolate up through the most common of daily circumstances. michelle h. martin Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #2)

De la Peña's prose poem speaks right to young children. "In the beginning there is light/ and two wide-eyed figures standing/ near the foot of your bed,/ and the sound of their voices is love," he opens as an interracial couple looks down at a crib. The rest of de la Peña's poem is accompanied by images of families and friends of many different ages and appearances who live in cities and in rural or warm places, such as the group of men seen throwing horseshoes under palm trees. The expressions worn by Long's characters and the way their shoulders are stooped with care make them seem full of love, even when they're playing instruments or fishing. It's not always smooth sailing, and sometimes scary things happen ("One day you find your family/ nervously huddled around the TV"), but comfort is there. "It's okay, it's okay, it's love," says a grown-up offering a child an embrace. People often talk to children about love; in these pages, they can see and feel what it's like. And there's plenty for everybody. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

Gr 2–5—How do we love and care for one another? Award-winning author de la Peña sets out not only to count the ways but also to help young people recognize and take these tender mercies to heart, especially when times are tough and beyond the control of the adults around them. He defines love in multiple sensory images, brilliantly interpreted and expanded upon in evocative mixed media paintings. Long's use of light and shadow are particularly effective, with love seeming to illuminate and embrace the diverse cast of characters. The spare lyrical text describes the music of parents' voices at the foot of the bed, the colors of the night sky above a family's trailer, or the echo of laughter as kids run through summer sprinklers as just a few of the brighter examples. Yet, small kindnesses can come when least expected, on the streets as fire alarms blare or when trusted adults behave badly and all seems lost. Learning to recognize love in the spirit and actions of others and in one's mirror reflection are among the most important and powerful lessons that life (and this book) can impart. The author ventures that "when the time comes for you to set off on your own," it isn't mere luck that will ensure one's success; it's the ability to accept and to give love that will make all the difference. VERDICT This heartfelt and sensitively rendered picture book meditation begs to be shared and discussed with children, especially those with the maturity and life experience to appreciate the nostalgic tone and the nonlinear and philosophical musings. Spread the love.—–Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.