I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. There is nothing better then getting lost in a good book. If you’re interested in seeing what I’m currently reading, check the blog for a future post.
However, today’s post is all about the book With Love, From Me to You.
This book is a creation between Mary Manz Simon, an award-winning author whose titles have been sold more than three million copies and are available in ten languages, and Corinna Ice, a renowned children’s book illustrator whose purpose is to make illustrations full of that by using her “heart and brush to paint the world.”
This little story follows a polar bear mail carrier who is using a train to travel around. He begins by showing that we can simply share a heart with someone to show that we care. As the story continues the bear shows other animals how the simplest of gestures can brighten someones day, whether they be shy, sad, or angry. The story continues by showing how we all feel God’s love inside of us and that we should share this love with others by showing them love and kindness.
“For love is more then flowers,
although they smell so sweet.
And love is more than candy,
although that is a treat.” – With Love, From Me to You
The first thing I noticed about this book was the images. Using soft colors, Ice created the picture of happiness, kindness, and love. She used symbols such as hearts to represent love, the birds seem to represent peace, and the happy faces on all the animals in a scene surrounded by blue skies and flowers definitely leave the feeling of calm and happiness. This can be seen all throughout the book as additional hearts are found decorating the train and happy faces placed on all the animals.
The little story itself as elements such as rhyming that are great to help little kids remember and learn. This book aims to show kids how their actions and words affect things in their everyday life, along with how important their actions and words are in expression God’s love with each other. It aids in teaching children that the simplest of gestures may bring joy and happiness to someone, such as the simple act of greeting someone by saying hi.
This is definitely a book I would recommend. It is best suited for younger kids around the ages of 1-5 years old as it is a board book. It is a great book to share with kids this age as this is when they are the most impressionable and teaching them the actions in this story will help shape their character in a positive way.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers. However, it should be noted that I was not required to give a positive review and all thoughts and opinions stated are my own.