Title: Where Does Love Hide?
Author: Mary Manz Simon
Illustrator: Hannan Wood
Publisher: Tyndale Kids
“Where does love hide? In my bedroom until … ‘I love you,’” Mary Manz Simon writes at the end of her children’s book, Where Does Love Hide?
~ What ~
This numbered eighteen-page boardbook with rounded edges targets children one to three years old, especially those who like flipping open hidden sections within a book. With no scary scenes, the book has colorful pictures that are simply illustrated on every page. There is a note to parents that completes the book.
In this short tale, the question is asked, “Where does love hide?” and the hidden answer is under a large sturdy flap that includes a short written out verse from the Contemporary English or New International Version of the Holy Bible. The brightly colorful but simplistic illustrations include two children playing with blocks, a boy helping his mother with groceries, children in a sandbox, young ones sharing cookies, two picking berries for grandpa, and parents saying goodnight. The concept of the book is to learn the joy of giving and receiving love.
~ Why ~
This is a fun book for children beginning to be interested in books and reading as it asks a question, and the reader has to open a flap to find the answer. I like how it always includes another child or adult in its promotion of exhibiting love or sharing.
~ Why Not ~
Since the book is aimed at one-to-three-year-olds, it may be too sophomoric for the older children. Beginner readers may have some issue with the harder words. Some may consider the drawings to be too simplistic, but they agree with the young age group targeted.
~ Who ~
An award-winning author, columnist, and speaker, Simon has sold more than three million books in ten different languages. No information is provided on the illustrator.
~ Wish ~
Although the book’s pictures have a few blank backgrounds, it would be helpful if there were hidden or small animals, birds, insects, or objects that older ones could search for in the illustrations.
~ Want ~
If your child likes an interactive book that has flaps to open while promoting sharing and loving others, this may be a good choice.
Thanks to the Tyndale Blog for this book that I am evaluating freely.
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