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Friday, July 20, 2012

Love Waves, written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells. Candlewick, Random House. 2011. $18.00 ages 2 and up

"As I leave, I see you wave.
I have to go to where I must be,
serving cookies, cakes, and tea.

Tell me that you'll miss me.
I will miss you more.
I must go down in the subway train,
then up to the highest floor."

Here is another in today's group of books for early readers. It won't take long for those keen to know about words to start reading this one independently. It has detailed, charming artwork to spark interest and to reflect on some of the experiences that its readers may also have. Many parents work these days and most children must deal with separation anxiety. They need reassurance that, no matter where their parents are or what they are doing, their beloved children are on their minds. Love binds us together always!

There are two linked stories here, each describing the parents' work environments and the love they share with their little one. Mama leaves at 7 a.m. and returns in time for Daddy to go to work at 7 p.m. We watch as they work, and send their love (on love waves) from wherever they are. They wonder about their child's activities when they are not there to share them.

The soft edges of the brightly colored pastel artwork ooze charm and whimsy, while the gentle rhyming text makes this a delightful addition to a preschooler's book shelf. Parents will want to share the reassuring message, and listeners will love hearing it. The shiny teal ribbon that depicts those waves of love add sparkle and will attract attention.

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