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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2012
Material: hard cover
Summary: If we were in different places, we wouldn't have met. But we weren't. And we did. Because of that, we share a bond with hope, pride, and (most of all) love. This picture book uses analogies to express love.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 and Up
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.1
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: Bright illustrations and sweet poetry make love both vivid and heartwarming. This is a book I can see sharing with young children first, then giving as a gift to a high school graduate, someone going off to college, or even an engagement gift. My 13-year-old wouldn't like it right now, but I plan to buy a copy to save for a future date. It is not Oh the Places You'll Go, but it has that "I wish for you" feel to it.
Pros: Readers and listeners of all ages will want to hug this book about love.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book to add to your child's personal library when they are young so they'll have it when they need a boost.
Educational Themes: The book uses comparisons and opposites to help illustrate love. Invite your readers to think of ways they'd describe love.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, emotions, rhyme, opposites, family
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com; and feedback at amazon.com.