by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Release date: December 27th, 2016
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format read/reviewed: Hardcover from the publisher.
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
From the author of the New York Times bestseller I Wish You More, comes a book that promises continuous love and makes the perfect gift for fans of Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be and those looking for something new to add to their shelves next to the classic The Runaway Bunny.
Wherever you are,
Wherever you go,
And always know...
That feeling you always have in your heart?
That's me loving you.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal captures parents' desire to be ever-present in this simple and touching poem offering reassurance of their love. Signs of affection can be found in the natural world around us - from a soft breeze to a shimmering star.
A very sweet and gentle story to be read to little ones while snuggled up in their favorite jammies and blanket... the book is filled with colorful, warm and connecting illustrations that will encourage your child to interact and ask questions, and/or will give them the courage and peace they seek from whatever they may be feeling at that moment...
The story itself flows and will bring serenity over everyone, the reader and whoever is listening. It gently soothes all involved; allowing everyone to believe that they're not alone. It encourages children that no matter what situation they may be, whether they are in school, with the babysitter, or if a loved one has gone away for a long time or has passed away, they are never alone. That a small part of that person is/will always be with them just as long as they take a moment to remember that they are. There are little ways to remind your child to seek through their surroundings to connect to you or whomever they are missing to find reassurance, safety and love.
It is often hard for young children to remember self-coping methods when they are feeling disconnected, lonely or suffering from separation anxiety... if there is anyway to remind them of a favorite line from their favorite book, an illustrations, a toy, etc. they can eventually learn to remember on their own that someone is always thinking of them, loves them for always - and eventually they will learn to work through their feelings themselves.
An unforgettable story told from the heart! Definitely for those who adore The Kissing Hand, Guess How Much I Love You and I Love You Through and Through!
*I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the author of over 20 children's books. Her titles include Uni the Unicorn, Plant a Kiss, Little Pea, Spoon, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck! Rabbit!.
A long-time contributor to NPR, she is currently the host and creator of MissionAmyKR.com produced by Chicago Public Radio.
Amy lives with her family in Chicago.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR - Teagan White
Teagan White is a freelance illustrator specializing in playful watercolors and illustrated typography.
Originally from Chicago, Teagan now lives and works in Minneapolis, where she received a BFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012.