Book review: Love Is, by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane

Adams, Diane. Love Is. Illustrated by Claire Keane. Chronicle Books, 2017. $15.99. ISBN 9781452139975. 32 pages. Ages 2-5. P7 Q8

This is a delightful story about a girl who finds and takes care of a duck. The love between the girl and the duck is evident. As the duck grows up, the girl has to let it go. In the end, the duck returns to the girl, along with its ducklings. I like how the author refers to the girl taking care of the duck as love, such as, “Love is noisy midnight feedings, shoe box right beside the bed.” The facial expressions on the girl’s face show the care and love she has towards the duck. The illustrations are realistic and help the reader relate the feelings the girl is going through. The story depicts a realistic view of raising a duck and the everyday things that would occur.

Verdict: This is a sweet book about the love between a girl and a duck. The girl discovers when she loves the duck and lets it go, it comes back to her. I recommend this book for families with young children and public libraries. This is a nice story for families to read together.

March 2017 review by Tami Harris.

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