Loving Kindness

Holt. Nov. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250217202.
PreS-Gr 3–This poetic picture book celebrates loving yourself and others. “You are a blessing./ You are beautiful just as you are./ You are loved, and you love./ You make mistakes,/ and it’s okay to make mistakes,/ because that’s how you learn.” The lyrical text repeats a series of positive phrases, and people and animals are grouped together; the story includes examples of acceptance and kindness. Double-page spreads include collages of life set against backgrounds of nature and sky, depicting the interconnectivity of all things. Growth is shown as the characters progress from baby to school-age.
VERDICT The encouraging text and montage of colorful artwork will be appreciated when shared one-on-one with a child.

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