Monday, March 4, 2019

"How Do I Love Thee?" - a bookwrap


How Do I Love Thee?
by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

* Age Range:  4-8
* Grade Level:  PS-3
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
* Pub. Date:  December 18, 2018
* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

“A beautiful ode to friendship that brings Browning’s rhythms to kids’ level.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Adams’ and Neal’s homage to Browning’s poem is a book to love.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Three friends share in wondrous moments throughout this beautifully rendered picture book adaptation of the iconic poem. An enchanting imagining of love and friendship made successful by its splendid artwork; this is a winning choice for young poets.” (School Library Journal)

Unwrapping some gorgeous illustrations for you to enjoy

Unwrapping the book

The book begins with Elizabeth Barrett Browning's classic first line from her sonnet... "How do I love thee?/ Let me count the ways."  This best-selling author of Babylit board books and the acclaimed illustrator of Over and Under the Snow have taken Sonnet 43 and modernized the language and created gorgeous matte artwork in soft warm earth tones that bring the words alive to the contemporary child. 

Three children, all best friends, share memories and moments together as they move and partake in the wonderment of the great outdoors.  

" I love thee in soft sunlight/and rain-drizzled night./ I love thee with a whisper/ and a song/ and a ROAR." 

As they do they reminisce about what their friendships means to them.  It manifests itself in a celebration of their relationships and family. The last page gives the reader a short bio of Browning and also the original text of Sonner 43. The author has taken something classic and reimagined it into a very classy beautiful book that I would highly recommend.  

Storytime Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the author

Jennifer Adams is the author of more than forty books, including the best-selling BabyLit series, which introduces young children to the world of classic literature. It has sold 2 million copies. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Parents Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Wired.

About the illustrator

Christopher Silas Neal is an award-winning author and illustrator of picture books including Over and Under the Snow with author Kate Messner, which was praised for its "stunning retro-style illustrations" (New York Times), was a 2011 New York Times Editor's Choice and an E.B. White Honoree in 2012. Neal's author debut titled "Everyone" was praised by Publisher's Weekly as "simple, honest, lyrical". He creates book jackets, art for magazines and posters, and occasionally directs and designs animated videos. He speaks about his books, the art making process, and his career at schools, conferences, libraries and book festivals across the country. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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