Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday – I review a picture book, provide a simple fun craft you can do with your kids and then I link up with dozens of other writers, moms, librarians and other lovers of picture books on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. If you are a mom, teacher or librarian, please check out Susanna’s amazing Perfect Picture Book page with over 1000 categorized picture book reviews and activities.
I love reviewing picture books! It gives me the perfect excuse to read them myself, just in case I can’t find a willing child-listener. But most of all, I love reviewing picture books written by my friends! Julie Hedlund, founder of the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge, has a beautiful new picture book out – and I just had to tell you about it.
MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN
Written by Julie Hedlund
Illustrations by Susan Eaddy
Publisher: Little Bahalia Publishing (2014)
Ages: 0 and up
Themes: Parent-child love, unconditional love, nature
“My love for you is the sun,
Rising to your tender heart.
It shines on you when we’re apart.”
“My Love for You is the Sun is a love letter from parent to child, written in verse and expressing that timeless and unconditional love through metaphors from the natural world. My Love for You is the Sun, a Tree, the Rain, a River… but of course, it s also about more than familial or parental love, it s about the universal, infinite nature of love itself, and as such, will hold crossover appeal for all ages. Edited by best-selling children s book author Emma Walton-Hamilton, and illustrated with the amazing clay art of Susan Eaddy, this melodious tour of parent-and-child animals in their various habitats will mesmerize children at bedtime, and help them feel a connection with the loved one sharing it with them. With soothing verses evoking the beauty and wonder of the natural world, combined with stunning, hand-sculpted clay illustrations, this book is one families everywhere will read again and again.”
Why I like this book:
- A beautiful read-aloud for infants, toddlers and older children
- Incredible unique clay illustrations in vivid color
- Move over, Goodnight Moon. This book will help every child feel safe, secure and loved.
How a parent can use this book:
- Bedtime or other-time read-aloud
- Discuss how animal parents also take care of their children
- Encourage your child to talk about each picture – and point out what they see – the clay illustrations are amazingly simple and complex at the same time
The book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or ask at your independent book store.
Making Clay – just about every kid loves to work with clay
Photo courtesy: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/claysaltdoughplaydoughcraftsactivitiesideaskids.html
You can make animals like this one:
Visit the link from Artists Helping Children to find many more clay projects. They are one of the best online resources for kid’s crafts!
I look forward to reading Julie’s book. Great review!
I absolutely love the clay illustrations, Pat. And also the sweet and loving message of unconditional love that Julie wrote. 🙂
Can’t wait to read this one!!!
It’s going to be a classic one day, Rhythm. 🙂
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I’ve watched as this book has come along, seen the trailer, and eagerly await my own copy. So glad you reviewed it for PPBF, Vivian! I agree – the best is when we get to review books written by friends 🙂
I was surprised to see no one had done it in the last 2 weeks…so I was happy to have the opportunity. 🙂
Glad you added this to the list. We’ve read a digital copy only and have enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the book together at bedtime or anytime. Thanks for the clay crafts.
This is such an amazing book! I love the clay activity – it is terrific to go with the book! 🙂
So excited that this is on the list. I’m looking forward to reading it! Kids would love making clay animals! Perfect activity 🙂
Isn’t clay the best! I love ‘playing’ with it with my grandson…what a great excuse for me to have fun with it. 😉 And thanks also for stopping by, Penny…I totally appreciate it…I know how hard it is to find the time to pop around and read and comment on blogs…I’m having trouble squeezing out the time to do that. 🙂
The book looks delightful and I am very excited about the clay recipe too!
I love working with clay, Iza. And I couldn’t believe that the illustrations in Julie’s book were made of clay…incredible!