Love from Sesame Street

illus. by Ernie Kwiat. 32p. Sourcebooks. Dec. 2018. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781492677499. POP
Toddler-PreS–A visually appealing read-aloud for toddlers. White, minimal backgrounds frame naive digital illustrations that pop off the page in bright colors. Simple sentences on each spread define "love" through the eyes of different character from Sesame Street. For Big Bird, "Love is a sunny day." The Count says, "Love is infinite—bigger than all of the numbers." However, for Oscar the Grouch, love is about acceptance, even when life is messy. Prior knowledge of the characters is not necessary to appreciate the message. Simple sentences give accurate but conceptually age-appropriate definitions of love. Kids will be drawn to the bold pictures. For teachers, this could easily stand in for both Valentine's Day and lessons about kindness.
VERDICT Not a lot of substance here, but a sweet read-aloud toddlers will enjoy.

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