Saturday, December 10, 2011

Kid Konnection: Where Does Love Come From?

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with a new picture book which is all about love.

Summary: Where does love come from? Does it grow on a tree? Or swim in the sea? This collection of silly questions explains a complicated emotion in a fun, entertaining way that children can easily understand. Readers follow the book's intricately designed pages, which are similar in format to Accord's The Rainbow Book, to reveal a sweetly simple truth about love. As each die-cut page proposes another possible source, Where Does Love Come From? concludes with a declaration that readers likely already know . . . that "love comes from your heart." -- Accord Publishing

I immediately knew I was going to like the new picture book WHERE DOES LOVE COME FROM? by Milena Kirkova. The cover alone, with the cute cut out heart and teeny polka dot spine, won me over. However, it was the message of the book that really captured my heart.

WHERE DOES LOVE COME FROM? takes young readers on the journey to discovering just that -- where does love come from? Each page explores a possible place, such as growing on trees, lighting up the sky, or even blooming in a garden; and the book ends with the reality that it "comes from your heart." It is a completely adorable book that also teaches children a thing or two about the true meaning of love.

The book is pretty simplistic in its message and there isn't a lot of text per page which makes it perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, although I do think even elementary age children will enjoy reading the book and looking at the illustrations. The pages are made from a sturdy type of paper which makes the book more durable than a lot of picture books. As a mother, I appreciate that WHERE DOES LOVE COME FROM? explores the complex emotion of love in such a simple and fun way.

But what really stood out to me about WHERE DOES LOVE COME FROM? are the illustrations by Milena Kirkova. They are positively precious. Not only are their lots of bright colors and whimsical images, but there are also heart die-cuts on each page. These cut-outs allow colors from the past and future pages to peek through and add more depth to the already fun drawings.

Overall, I thought WHERE DOES LOVE COME FROM? was a very cute book, and I think it's one of that parents and children alike will enjoy reading together. Most definitely recommended!

Thanks to the publisher for sending a copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


rhapsodyinbooks said...

That book looks adorable! My link today is for a middle grade book that I just loved - Dead End in Norvelt - I listened to it, read by the author.

bermudaonion said...

It sounds like that book has a wonderful message. I can tell from the cover that it's gorgeous!

Serena said...

Sounds like an interesting book to read to little kids.

Jackie Higgins said...

Sounds great! I'll have to keep it in mind for Valentine's Day. I had trouble finding great books for my preschoolers last year :)