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Author: Berger, Carin
Simple text and collage illustrations remind the reader that we are stronger together than alone.
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/18)
School Library Journal (02/01/18)
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School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—A delightful meditation on love and community. The prose reads like a song, and the story is simple and universal. In elongated rhyming verse ("When your heart is heavy/And your step unsure/When the winds are wild/And your path unclear"), the narrator reassures readers of their steadfast love through even the darkest times, and shares with them the hope for a bright future. The narrative is accompanied by collage illustrations made with paper and print ephemera. Some spreads are filled with complex, multicolored, layered patterns and colors, while other return to minimalistic designs with only a few simple shapes. Each line of text is paired beautifully with an illustration and the pacing throughout is thoughtful and cumulative. On the final pages, the message, "For love wins," is accompanied by a line of people of varying ages, races, and religions holding hands. As the art builds to a joyful and bright finish, the book ends with the powerful and enduring words, "Love will never fail." VERDICT Useful as a soothing bedtime selection or as a short read-aloud. Perfect for sharing on Valentine's Day and every day.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2018 Parents and their little ones will love this disarmingly simple poem about the power of love and community to vanquish fear and darkness. Imprinted sparingly on each page, the words are as bold as they are gentle, assuring the reader that through “the hazy future /or the stormy past / . . . we are stronger together / than we are alone.” Berger’s message is gorgeously emphasized by collage illustrations that capture the essence of the words, sometimes literally, sometimes metaphorically. The final spread, where “love wins,” depicts an array of people, holding hands, embracing, and being surrounded by confetti hearts that fill the space between them. Young readers will be enticed to seek themselves and their loved ones in the medley of people—and they will probably find them. Thematically, this inclusive picture book can be paired with Wade Bradford’s Around the World in a Bathtub (2017), Nikki Giovanni’s I Am Loved (2018), and Matt de la Peña’s Love (2018). - Copyright 2018 Booklist.