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Love is a Good Thing to Feel
     

Love is a Good Thing to Feel

by Barbara Joosse, Jennifer Plecas (Illustrator)
 

Did you know that there are many ways to say 'I love you'? Harriet does. You can say it with a hug, or a drawing, or out loud. And she knows that you can still love someone even when they go to a party you weren't invited to, or when a parent puts you in time-out for tap-dancing on the table (and you are terribly angry).

Sassy Harriet will walk right into your

Overview

Did you know that there are many ways to say 'I love you'? Harriet does. You can say it with a hug, or a drawing, or out loud. And she knows that you can still love someone even when they go to a party you weren't invited to, or when a parent puts you in time-out for tap-dancing on the table (and you are terribly angry).

Sassy Harriet will walk right into your heart in this adorable and lovely companion to the popular Please Is a Good Word to Say. With a die-cut heart, indispensable advice, and a character we already embrace-well, what's not to love?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A heart-shaped cover diecut immediately demonstrates the charms of Harriet, framed in an exuberant embrace with Squeezie, her spindly-eared rabbit. Returning from Please Is a Good Word to Say, the heroine walks readers through the complicated emotion of love. As Harriet explains the many ways to say "I love you" (the best "is with a parade"), she also moves into more difficult terrain. A particularly sensitive thread follows Harriet's various reactions to the attention paid a sister's birthday. Adding punch, Harriet's monologue is accompanied by speech balloons that record her actual reactions to various incidents. "You can love someone and also feel jealous," for example, captions the sister's elaborate description of her birthday party and a crestfallen Harriet's "That's nice." Children will enjoy Harriet's brashness, while they and their parents will appreciate the discussion of love as a sometimes difficult emotion. Ages 3-5. (Jan.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

From the heart-shaped die-cut on its pale pink cover to the frilly protagonist with her cuddly bunny companion, this book is squarely aimed at a female audience. Young Harriet pontificates on various aspects of love: "My best way to say I love you is with a parade"; "You can love someone and also feel jealous"; and "Your heart is not shaped like a valentine-it's more like a pluffy cloud." She concludes that her lecture is "NOT the end about LOVE," conceding that the topic is too large to be so easily defined. Charming ink-and-watercolor cartoons set against off-white backdrops show the girl playing with her bunny, interacting with other children, and facing numerous situations and conflicts that can be improved with a bit of affection. Harriet's enthusiastic and energetic monologue may seem a bit too earnestly cute to adults, but youngsters will probably eat it up with a spoon. The book is an obvious tie-in for Valentine's Day, and could also work as a year-round conversation starter on defining emotions.-Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

Kirkus Reviews
A little girl and her toy rabbit riff on love in a sort of free-association celebration. Standard stuff-"You can love someone... / and also be angry"-gives way to more esoteric topics-"Usually / every single person / and every single animal has a heart... / except for sponges / who don't have any / and worms / who have five"-all with the same winsome narration. Plecas's wry ink-and-watercolor vignettes are rendered in a controlled palette against a creamy background; speech balloons in red add flair (five separate balloons declare "thump!" next to the worm). It's hard to argue with this one. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399251689
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/26/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Joosse lives in Wisconsin.
Jennifer Plecas lives in Blue Springs, Missouri.

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