Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You

You are my angel, my darling, my star.  .  . and my love will find you, 
wherever you are.

Reading with your child shows them how much you care.  It is such a simple act ~ snuggly and safe and comforting.  Wherever You Are:  My Love Will Find You is a beautiful story about the power of parental love.  The book tells the story of a parent's ever-present love for her child.  Each page, each illustration, each line sends the message that the child is never alone, love is always there.

The text is simple and appealing, especially for the preschool crowd.  It rhymes and little kids like that.  The illustrations are my favorite part of the book.  They are, in a word, charming.  The parent is never in the pictures.  That's kinda the point.  The child is pictured, small and busy, with a different wild animal in every scene.  And the scenes are vast ~ the sea, a lake, a rolling prairie.  But the child is not fearful.  Love is there.

My bookshelves are full of wonderful stories about children who have tested the limits of parental patience only to learn that their parents still love them.  I love these books.  I read them to my children and quote them quite often.  With Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You, Nancy Tillman has added a different version of parental love to my shelves.  Her book is about love's ability to stretch and grow and find us know matter where we go.  We don't outgrow our parent's love.  Hallelujah!

Blog you later!

Ali B.


annie said...

wonderful! I bet you have also read "I love you when you whine". That's a favorite around here too...as is your literary blog. Thank you friend!

Kel I Am said...

The title alone makes me weepy! I just added it to my Amazon cart. Thank you Ali for bring this, and many more, book(s) into my life!

loveskidlit said...

What a lovely book! I remember being pleasantly shocked by the reference to The Runaway Bunny in the very grim drama Wit (film with Emma Thompson). I could see this book having similar impact on adults!

Mr. H. said...

Sounds great! Can't wait to read it to Della.

Perogyo said...

This looks lovely. My parents record themselves reading books to my kids (they live on a different continent). I think this would be a perfect choice for them.