4 out of 4 stars
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To be loved and appreciated is one of our deepest desires. Love Lottery by Leigha Huggins is a children’s book that presented a sweet and appealing narrative of consistent and unconditional love for children.
A crying woman wished upon a star. Her baby, called a love lottery, arrived to fill her life with sunshine and dancing. The parents expressed their love for the child in words and through time spent together in family activities. The rhymed verses evoked a clear message that every child is a gift. The message of unconditional love offered to the child was my favorite part of this book.
The illustrations were simple, large drawings depicting a family in their home and outside in nature. Pale yellow, green, and red colors produced a calming effect to accompany the gentle verses. Most of the pages featured either stars or hearts in the background. The soothing and gentle cadence of the lyrics calms the listener, making this an ideal bedtime read.
Love Lottery contained some challenging words that could be problematic for younger children. Parents and caretakers might need to explain terms like “align, vibes, and resilience.” My only dislike was the author’s failure to explain the meaning of the word “lottery.” The concept of winning the lottery would be unfamiliar to younger children.
The first page featured a multitude of hearts. Each heart had a name. My first instinct was to search for a heart with my name. I couldn’t find it. It would be helpful for the author to include a suggestion to write the child’s name in one of the blank hearts. This way, the child would see their name every time the book was looked at or read. Seeing one’s name inside a heart would reinforce the book’s message of love and appreciation.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The affirmative, loving message makes this a heartwarming story for readers and listeners alike. The flawless editing of the narrative added to the enjoyment of this book. There were two errors in the notes to the parents. I would recommend that all parents and caretakers read this to children, starting as young as 6 months old, and for as many years as possible. Caretakers could read this book to youngsters during rest-time. What a beautiful world we would live in if children would grow up feeling confident of the acceptance and appreciation expressed in this book.
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