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. Volume XXIII Number 8. . . .October 28, 2016
Our Love Grows is a charming book written and illustrated by Anna Pignataro. Its smooth prose and pastel-toned illustrations make it an excellent book to be read before bed.
Our Love Grows tells the story of a young panda, Pip, and his mother having a conversation about how he has grown bigger over time. He asks her, “Mama, when will I be big?” (p. 2), and she responds by telling him the various ways in which he is bigger than he was before. “Blanky covered all of you,” (p. 13), she tells him. The mother panda also talks about how time has passed, in “Flowers bloom[ing] and fall[ing]” and “pine cones tumbl[ing] down...” (pp. 16-17). The mother gently speaks on and on about how Pip has grown and time has passed. But, like Pip, her love for him has grown over time, as well.
Pignataro's illustrations are full of movement and wonder, yet dimly coloured enough to be calming and enticing. The pandas in their various habitats make for something new to experience on each page. Pignataro's work is comparable to that of Nancy Tillman.
Pignataro's Our Love Grows is a sweet tale of time passing and love growing. It would be a perfect book to be read before bed or to express to a young reader how time passes, and how love can become bigger and bigger.
Nikita Griffioen is completing her high school English teacher certification and hopes to write and illustrate books of her own.
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