Love Is Powerful

Candlewick. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536201994.
K-Gr 2–As hundreds of thousands of people flood the streets of New York City, a mother helps her daughter make a sign for a march. Set during the 2017 Women’s March, this book seeks to show children how they can find their own voices in the middle of a large, vocal crowd. Pham’s beautiful watercolor illustrations portray women and men of all races and ages, many wearing iconic two-eared pink hats. Together, their voices take the form of red hearts and soar into the empty sky. The story itself doesn’t address the reasons for the women’s march, but the book concludes with a letter by “Mari” explaining some of the march’s purpose. Although the letter is shown alongside a picture of the real young girl who inspired Brewer’s story, it is unclear whether this letter was written by the real Mari or by the author.
VERDICT It’s time to unpack activism for the picture book crowd, and this story conveys both the optimistic energy of peaceful mass protests and the exhilaration of what it’s like to demonstrate with large crowds.

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