Title: Love Is
Author: Kim Lucretia
Illustrator: Tara Lance
Publisher: KLE Publishing
“Love is being nice and sharing with others – even when they are not so nice to me and don’t want to share. Kim Lucretia writes in her children’s book, Love Is.
This unnumbered thirty-four page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like books about love. Containing simple sentence structures, a few multi-syllable words may be more complicated for beginner readers. Minor punctuation and capitalization errors may confuse some readers.
Inspired by her three children, author Lucretia has written two books for young ones. She is devoted to mentoring and teaching others through volunteering with SafeHouse, Dress for Success, and AmeriCorps. No information is provided on the illustrator.
With no profanity or scary scenes, colorful cartoon drawings with broad background colors cover the left side of the open pages with expressive faces showing emotions. Black wording is easy to decipher against lightly colored backgrounds with no other illustrations on the right side of all pages.
This short tale concentrates on what love means to an unnamed little girl. Every open page begins with the words “Love is …” followed by a concept of love. There is a depiction of a young girl’s actions that correlates to the storyline.
Whether helping Mommy with dishes, keeping a clean room, using kind words, or being nice to others, the book promotes love “actions.” Also mentioned is how the girl sees others giving love, such as the way her mother looks at her or tucks her in bed, her daddy plays in the backyard, her grandma makes a special meal, and when her other grandma dances with her. Love is also when her older sister allows her to sleep with her when she is scared at nighttime.
At the ending, the story reiterates that love is peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Love is not simply words, but actions, including vowing to God to love one another every day.
Having a book that explains what love is can be important to young ones trying to understand the concept. If the written errors were corrected, it would be ranked higher.
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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