WITH LOVE, FROM ME TO YOU
by Mary Manz Simon
Illustrated Corinna Ice
ages 1 and up
A red heart sends a message
that says "I so love you,"
but we can send those same words
in what we say and do.
If I see someone crying
or looking very sad,
I'll stop to show some kindness
and he won't feel so bad.
With Love, From Me to You is a board book for little ones that will remind them how important it is to love and be loved. With adorable illustrations and sweet, rhyming text by bestselling author Dr. Mary Manz Simon, this book shows children how important their actions and words are in expressing God’s great love with one another. Parents will enjoy reading this book on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year to encourage their children to remember that love is more than gifts and candy; it’s about doing for others and sending love to everyone who’s near.
This is a fairly sturdy board book, not for the youngest, roughest readers but ready to take on lighter abuse. The cover definitely grabs with the red, metallic lettering and endearing hearts—so sweet! It follows a polar bear postman as he delivers valentines across the countryside. For polar bear fans like me and my kids, this is an instant hook, and he is such a nice polar bear. The young valentine recipients are cute, young animals, drawn in a very bubbly, simple manner. They're sure to draw young listeners in with their cheerfulness.
The text is done in four-line rhymes, which are sweet but sometimes come across a little forced. The message is as heart-filled as the illustrations. It follows a very loving theme fitting to Valentine's Day, while incorporating the love of God and how he cares for us in a pretty seamless way. The message is very clear and leaves warm fuzzy feelings behind to warm little as well as big hearts.
I received a complimentary copy from Booklook Bloggers, and found it enjoyable enough to leave my honest and true thoughts.