You Are Always Loved: A Story of Hope

Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane, illus. by Holly Clifton-Brown. Random House, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-30924-7
Congresswoman Dean and her son Cunnane, coauthors of the forthcoming adult memoir Under Our Roof, offer a narrative saturated with figurative language, reassuring children that they are beloved, even in times of trouble: “So, if ever a storm blows through/ and something you cherish is swept away,/ you are not the winds,/ and you are not the rain,/ and you are never alone.” Clifton-Brown’s friendly hand-painted gouache and digital illustrations introduce a brown rabbit whose parent inexplicably hops away. As a storm brews, other animals assist the bunny; the refrain “Hope is a friend” reoccurs as the animal is supported by an owl, a deer, and a mouse. While the sentiments may not feel innovative, the narrative is hopeful, and young readers will gladden as the rabbit’s parent returns just as the sun breaks through dissipating clouds. Back matter features a letter from the authors, who explain the story’s genesis in Cunnane’s experiences with addiction and recovery after the birth of his daughter. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 12/10/2020
Release date: 02/16/2021
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-593-30925-4
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