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Drawn Together

Drawn Together
by Mihn Le, illustrated by Dan Santat
Disney Hyperion, 2018

A boy visits his grandfather and they sit in silence, as one speaks Vietnamese and the other English.  Finally, the boy pulls out his art materials and creates a superhero figure.  Grandfather sees what he is doing and next to the boy’s caped superhero emblazoned in color, grandfathers creates a detailed black ink drawing of a Vietnamese warrior. Suddenly they communicate—through their art.  Each one’s imagination adds to the other, the boys in color, the grandfathers in black ink. They create their new world, building a closeness, until… that old distance comes between them. But, having bridged their gap, they find a way to love one another.

A beautiful story of a relationship built on mutually shared gifts.  Santat’s breathtaking, detailed art flushes out Le’s story bringing a compounded richness to each page.

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You Make Me Happy

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You Make Me Happy
by An Swerts, illustrated by Jenny Bakker
Clavis Publishing, 2015
Originally published in Belgium and Holland

The exquisite artwork and title attracted me to this book. The story opens with Sofia blowing little clouds on the window and drawing little hearts.  When Grandma and Sofia go for a walk, Sofia asks, “Is it possible to love someone too much?”  They discuss Sofia’s very important concern, Grandma sharing when she first told Grandpa she liked him.  Grandma encourages Sofia to find a special place to tell her friend she likes him.  Sofia tells her friend in a very creative way.

A sweet story about what is a major concern for some children, their first love.  Loose illustrations highlight character’s faces and truly speak to the heart and introduce children to love.

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