4 out of 4 stars
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It is clear to see that there is much diversity among humans. Biracial people, LGBTQ, or even non-religious people, live and love in the same ways that everyone else does. Cathy Heyliger, a mom of three, was inspired to write this children’s book, Love is…, because she has two sons that are gay. She wants to tell the world how simple it is to love those that may not be the same as we are, and I believe that she has done a beautiful job of doing this.
I picked up this book as both the title and the description caught my eye immediately. Even now, teaching children about diversity is still a touchy subject for many people. Can a child know who they are sexually, spiritually, and emotionally at a young age? The author’s answer to this question, and many others, can be found within the short twenty-eight pages of this story.
Love is… is a book intended for children, but I was unable to find a recommended age group. After reading the contents, I can say that children that can socially interact with other children would be of age to start reading it with the help of an adult. Kids understand that others are different from them, but these differences normally do not affect how they treat people unless they are taught to do so. The mind of a child is wonderful and open to new ideas, which is why they will wholeheartedly enjoy what the author has to offer.
The truth is, I could not find anything to dislike about this book. It is very open with children and does not hide the facts about the world we live in. I do want to say that if a reader is religious or believes in traditional family units, they should steer clear of this title. Some topics may anger these readers, especially since the ideas are explained to children. I can safely say that I recommend it to anyone that has an open mind about the world and wants to explain diversity to their child in a simple yet effective way.
I could not find any grammatical or formatting errors at all; it is perfectly edited. No profanities or graphic sexual scenes are present either. I rate Love is… 4 out of 4 stars. Our world is changing quickly; this fact cannot be denied. Why not find a way to learn to unconditionally love others for who they are? This book is the perfect start to achieving this goal.
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