Love by Matt de la Peña ill by Loren Long
and the sound of their voices is love."
Follow the yellow clues carefully placed on succeeding pages. The opening illustrations present several images of love: faces of caring adults standing in a sunlit nursery, the warmth that suffuses a day in the park, dancing on rooftops and in city streets. Each page is bathed in joyful tints and shades of yellow. Love, as represented by this golden color is strikingly evident.
But the scene changes and darkness dominates several images as pain and confusion enter into the picture. Searching for yellow becomes a bit of a challenge. However the careful observer will find hints that gold still remains: a faithful dog, a cuddly teddy bear, a painting of a religious figure. While difficult to find, there are glimpses of yellow, glimmers of love in a world that is sometimes difficult and incomprehensible. Love remains in caring family relationships, the glory of nature, and the joy of discovery.
The lyrical melding of text and image concludes with a crowded street on a rainy day. Although the skies are dark and the rain is descending, a yellow umbrella remains a shield from the storms of life. "Because you'll have love. You'll have love, love, love."
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