Love Is A Handful Of Honey Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Vanessa Cabban
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Format: Padded Board Books

Age Range: 2-5 years

Character Traits: Family Relationships

Publication Date: March 2007

BISAC: JUV002030, JUV039060, JUV013060

Pages: 24

Book Format Detail: Board Book with Padded Cover

Retail Price: $7.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-818-1

ISBN-10: 1-58925-818-5

Dimensions: 7-7/8" x 7-7/8"

“A little bear's day is filled with love. . . . Andreae points out that love can cover a much wider range of experiences than simple romantic notions. . . . Cabban's illustrations show the little bear's world as a secure, happy place--just the kind of home where love abounds.” --Kirkus

A little bear’s day is filled with love—big, small, buzzing, wet, and sweet. Andreae points out that love can cover a much wider range of experiences than simple romantic notions, and may not even involve another person: “Love is a rainbow that bursts through the sky when the sun begins shinning again.” Where there is a connection to another person or creature; “Love is when somebody quietly listens to everything you’ve got to say.” Making friends with the bees, slurping handfuls of honey, and bursting to share the day’s adventures with family at bathtime are some of the more original expressions of feeling that ring true. Cabban’s illustrations show the little bear’s world as a secure, happy place—just the kind of home where love abounds. (Picture book. 3 – 7)


August 15, 1998 Kirkus Reviews

PreS-K – Cabban captures and communicates the perpetual motion of a carefree toddler. The rhyming text follows a young bear through a day of normal doings (walking with parents, a picnic with friends, bath time). Each double page spread shows the smiling youngster finding love in an activity. “Love is splish-splashing through puddles, / And love’s getting soaked in the rain. / Love is a rainbow that bursts through the sky / When the Sun begins shinning again.” The book is saved from being overly sweet, though just barely, by the exuberance of the watercolor-and-ink illustrations. This book is meant for one-on-one sharing, and youngsters will enjoy searching for the tiny mice that follow the young bear and his friends on their adventures. If your copy of Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995) sees a lot of action, this book will too. —Timothy Capehart, Leominster Public Library, MA


November 1999, School Library Journal

Ages 3-6. Giles’ rhyming poem expresses love as experienced through the physicalness of childhood. A cheery bear cub jumps out of bed ready to spend the day outdoors rollicking and picnicking with his other animal friends. In the little bear’s idyllic world, love is evident everywhere: in the dawn, cuddling with Mom and Dad, playing hide-and-seek, in nature’s beauty, in eating, splashing in puddles, and in the bath. Cabban’s watercolor illustrations fill the double-page spreads and capture the warm-fuzzy feeling of the poem. The text at times gushes (“Love is a handful of honey, / And love’s making friends with the bees, / Even the floweres are bursting with love /When they’re dancing about in the breeze.”), but as a whole, this book presents a joyful, warm experience for young ones. —Kathy Broderick


December 1, 1999, Booklist