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What Is Love?

Written by Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Carson Ellis

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What Is Love? Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers

A tender, funny tale celebrating all forms of love

Lyrical and thoughtful, this is a beautiful book to return to time and time again as the answers to the question posed by a child are so wide-ranging. The boy asks his grandma, "What is love?" thinking that, because she is old, she would be able to answer. But Grandma has no answer for him and sends him out into the world to find one. Everyone the boy asks has a different answer. For the fisherman it is fish that you can kiss and return to the sea, for an actor it is the applause of a crowd that makes you feel alive, for the farmer it is a seed. None of the answers are fully satisfying for the boy and it is only when he returns home that he finds out what love is for him.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

What Is Love? Synopsis

What is love? a young boy asks. I can't answer that, his grandmother says, and so the boy goes out into the world to find out. But while each person he meets-the fisherman, the actor, and others-has an answer to his question, not one seems quite right. Could love really be a fish, or applause, or the night?

Or could it actually be something much closer to home?

A CLASSIC LOVE STORY: A wonderful narrative voice and spectacular pictures give this book the feel of a modern classic.

A BOOK THAT KIDS AS WELL AS PARENTS WILL ENJOY: This book begins from the child's perspective, and it's funny and unexpected in ways that children can relate to, while being thoughtful in ways that adults will appreciate.

A STORY GRANDMOTHERS WILL LOVE: The boy's grandmother is an essential part of this story. Grandmothers everywhere will appreciate what this book says about their wisdom and affection.

A BOOK ABOUT FINDING YOURSELF: The boy's journey takes him to many different people, whose descriptions of what love means to them is very much about how they see themselves and their lives.

A GREAT READ-ALOUD: The engaging text is full of surprises and the distinctive voice of the narrator invites audiences to respond.

STAR TALENT: Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author and Carson Ellis is a Caldecott Honor-winner and illustrator of some of the most interesting and beautiful children's books published today.

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ISBN: 9781452176406
Publication date: 16/11/2021
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781452176406
Publication date: 16th November 2021
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 44 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: Celebrate Grandparents Day with 40 great books featuring the older generation, Celebrate Grandparents Day with 40 great books featuring the older generation, Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,

About Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is the author of several award-winning books for children, including President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, and Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and a Caldecott Honor. Mac Barnett lives in California, USA. 

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