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Friday, February 10, 2017

Take Heart, My Child - Ainsley Earhardt

Before you were born
Before you came to be
I dreamed a love song...


Jaime Kim's vibrant and dreamy illustrations awaken Ainsley Earhardt's heartfelt wishes for her daughter's life in this picture book. Her wishes are the same as many other parents: love, growth, confidence, companionship, and more.

The rhymes are beautiful and sentimental, but there are times when the rhymes are a bit nonsensical, with the inclusion of a "polka dot tree" and a "grand deer ballet". Despite these awkward moments, the illustrations bring the poem to life.

Both mothers and daughter will enjoy the gorgeous illustrations. The sentiments in the poem are nothing unusual, but the meter is pleasant to read. While I'm not sure children in the 4-8 age range, as the book is written for, will understand the full meaning of the sentiments in the book, they will learn to absorb the lessons as they get older.

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