With Love, from Me to You

Mary Manz Simon, illus. by Corinna Ice. Zonderkidz, $8.99 (14p) ISBN 978-0-310-75815-0
Valentine’s Day cards and other gifts can communicate one’s affection, but Simon reminds readers that actions speak louder than words: “For love is more than flowers,/ although they smell so sweet./ And love is more than candy,/ although that is a treat.” Delivered in singsong verse, her suggestions of how to show love include extending kindness to the shy or sad, as well as reminding others that, “God loves you.” Though this board book’s title may call to mind the Beatles, Simon’s message and Ice’s cheerful illustrations, in which a locomotive picks up animal passengers as it speeds through a forest, suggest another famous lyric: “Join the love train.” Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agency: Illustration Ltd. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/16/2017
Release date: 12/26/2017
Genre: Children's
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