Love by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Loren Long

Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Summary:  What is love?  For many, it begins with two happy parents gazing at you while you sleep.  Life can get more complicated later on, as friendships and other relationships end, and scary things happen that you may not always understand.  But love is reassuring in those times.  After awhile, you begin to recognize love even in imperfection, like burned toast made just for you and the lines on your grandfather’s face.  And when the time comes for you to go off on your own, the love of the people around you will go with you.  40 pages; ages 4 and up.

Pros:  Newbery author Matt de la Pena explores the complexities of love, beautifully illuminated by Loren Long’s illustrations of a diverse group of people from many walks of life.  This would make a good graduation gift.

Cons:  While this has the look of a picture book for young children, much of it will be appreciated more by older readers.

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