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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Love Is, by Diane Adams and illustrated by Claire Keene. Chronicle Books, Raincoast. 2017. $21.99 ages 3 and up

"Love is holding something fragile,
tiny wings and downy head.

Love is noisy midnight feedings,
shoe box right beside the bed.

It's peaceful sleeping, no more
tucked in tightly, head to toes.

Love is waking up together ... "

When a wee duckling forgets to pay attention to her mama and siblings, and takes note of a butterfly instead, she finds herself lost and subsequently adopted by a wee girl with a heart of gold - and a burgeoning love. That love is tested numerous times. It is especially noticeable in the middle of the night when a loud quack means 'snack!'. Fed up, tucked in, and wrapped in the warmth of little arms bring peace and contentment.

The morning arrives far too early, and is fraught with little bumbles as the two try to share their day. Sunflower seeds and television bring an end to that first day together. The duckling quickly grows in days filled with new learning, and great anticipation for every new accomplishment. Countless happy moments and a new sense of self points to a time for new adventure.

"It is sensing when the time is right
to lift those wings, to travel on."

Her departure brings sadness, much time for remembering, and a fervent wish that things need not change. It is, however, inevitable that they do. Change can then bring other joys! 

Sicily is going to love talking about the attractive and endearing illustrations when we share this in June. I love the lines, the tiny details, the spot images, and the emotions shown. She (at almost 3)  will have much to say about the 'oops!' moments and the love shared between the two.

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