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Love Isby Diane Adams, Claire Keane (Illustrator)
Perfect for Valentine's Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children
Perfect for Valentine's Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.
A cute-as-a-button moppet adopts, raises, and loves a lost little duckling.Keane's digital illustrations have the loose, line-and-wash, mid-20th-century look of Marc Simont or Hilary Knight, with the exception of their central character, a thoroughly modern brown-skinned girl with two black pom-pom pigtails. When the little, yellow duckling follows a butterfly out of the park, the protagonist finds it and brings it to her well-appointed row house (where she apparently lives alone, as there's no sign of an adult anywhere). She nurtures it through night feedings, plays with it inside, and, recognizing it's time to say goodbye, takes it back to the park, where it swims away. It's a 32-page expansion of the old poster platitude, "If you love something, let it go," and (spoiler alert) the duckling does indeed come back the following spring, now grown and with a brood of its own. Unfortunately, the text is simply a series of soppy, frequently nonsensical "Love is" statements entirely in line with the platitude. "Love is holding something fragile, tiny wings and downy head. / Love is noisy midnight feedings, shoe box right beside the bed." Having evidently decided to sacrifice sense to scansion and rhyme, Adams mystifyingly and periodically abandons that scansion, but never does she let go of the treacly sentiment. The charming illustrations mark Keane as one to watch, with her admirable command of line, composition, and narrative possibility. A pretty, hardcover greeting card. (Picture book. 3-5)
Meet the Author
Diane Adams is the author of Two Hands to Love You, among other picture books. She lives in California.
Claire Keane is the author and illustrator of Once Upon A Cloud and is also known for her development art for the movies Tangled and Frozen. She lives in Venice Beach, California, with her husband and kids.
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he illustrations are truly wonderful. Claire Keane has worked for Disney, designing Tangled and Frozen, and now she illustrates books! Lucky us! Written in rhyme the author explains to a child just what love is. An adorable little girl learns about love first hand by caring for a baby duckling that has escaped from the park. "Love is holding something fragile, tiny wings and downy head. Love is noisy midnight feedings, Show box right beside the bed." She tenderly cares for her new foundling. Together they have playtime encounters and make fond memories. Finally (and sadly) after much caring and much love between the two the girl takes it back to the park and releases it into its natural environment once again. She understands that if you love something you must do what is best for it and for her lovely little duckling .... she must let it go. This is a perfect story to read and share with your little one as Valentine's Day is just around the corner, but the theme works perfectly the whole year-round. Unconditional love reigns, always, and the story will warm and melt your heart guaranteed!