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GIVE A LITTLE LOVE

Author: Lizzie Mack

Illustrator: Julia Gorton

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Publisher: Little Simon; an imprint of Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing Division,

Material: board book

Summary: Marissa has nine heart-shaped balloons to share with family and friends. In the process of giving them all away, she learns something important. A sweet story for showing that in sharing you get something in return, too.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Read with child 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked touching the pillowy balloons and identifying the colors.

Adult Reader Reaction: It looked like a fun Valentines-y kind of book. After the fourth reading, we were as bored with it as our toddler.

Pros: There's a nice life lesson in the story. The pages are sturdy and the cloth balloons add dimension to the pages.

Cons: Can't imagine too many five- or six-year-olds interested in this one. It doesn't have much shelf life.

Borrow or Buy: Skip it. It's a nice message, but there are other books that won't max you out after three reads.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GOOD NIGHT SWEET BUTTERFLIES: A COLOR DREAMLAND   EIGHT SILLY MONKEYS   HUGS AND KISSES

Educational Themes: The message in this book is right at the surface: love comes back when its shared. Marissa's actions--more than words--say it all.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, picture book, Valentine's Day

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2004

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