This is the PERFECT picture book to celebrate Valentine’s day next week!
Written by: Stacy McAnulty
Illustrated by: Joanne Lew-Vriethof
Publisher: Running Press Kids, October 2018
Love is … a fancy dinner.
What is love? Can you only express it in fancy meals, greeting cards, and heart-shaped chocolates? Kids will find love everywhere in this delightful book. It can be found in everyday moments such as baking cookies with grandma, notes from Mom in your lunchbox, or a family singing together on a car trip, and it isn’t always what you expect!
With delightful illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff and sweetly simple prose by award-winning author Stacy McAnulty, this is the perfect book to teach children what love means, why it’s important, and how they can spread the love in their daily lives. (publisher)
Why I like this book:
Love can expressed in so many ways. Just as with her previous book, Brave, with very few words, Stacy and her broad-thinking illustrator capture so much in these heartwarming depictions of this daily word. This colorfully illustrated story has a diverse cast of families and their animals life sharing how they demonstrate love to close family and people in the community in need. For example a fancy dinner is illustrated as a little girl serving a heaped bowl of dog food to her puppy. Or poetry is illustrated as “Cool bro” sketched in the sand by a younger sibling.
I would love to know if there were any illustrator notes submitted with this very sparse manuscript!
This story is great for beginner readers. Parents and caregivers can share this story of love with young listeners and create an activity with art so they can share their expressions of love with the people they care about.
HousingForest.Com has a great and simple HEART craft activity.
This post is part of a series by authors and children’s literature bloggers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays. For more picture book suggestions see Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.