Thursday, August 3, 2017

Love You Hoo

Love You Hoo
written and illustrated by Rachel Bright
2017 (Kane Miller)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

You make life feel like sunshine,
No matter what the weather.
And ANYTHING is possible,
As long as we're together.

A parent owl nestles its owlet as they begin to tell the little one of their affection and appreciation. The day the owlet hatched, parent owl's world became much brighter. Whether the weather, these two can do anything. In the artwork, they tackle all of the seasons with aplomb. Parent owl prepares the young owl with a plan for leaving the nest, but also opens their eyes to being the student as the owlet teaches about caterpillars. This precious pair fly high over a mountain of life's experiences. There will be highs and lows. Bumps on this rhyming journey include the parent not being able to avoid a tree. Being together is a nice salve to these painful plights. Highs on this trip include sharing things like a big dessert and hugs. Throughout, the parent supports and tells the owlet how much they love them.

Reading Love You Hoo is the perfect way to end the day with your child. For the parent, it reminds you of the beautiful relationship that you have. Despite the crashes, hurt feelings, and skinned knees of this world, the two of you have a special bond. For the child, it is reassuring to hear your parent tell of their love and that they will always be there. Plus, how much fun would it be for the two of you to duet on the hoo-hoos and woo-hoo-hoos. In the classroom, I think this would be a great book to share with parents on a special class day. We always ask teachers what we can do for our child. Instead of extra math or spelling words, maybe we can take a hint from these two owls and realize that time and unconditional love are the best homework support a parent can provide.

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