All about family: ‘The Love That Grew’ by Sarah Ayoub
March 7, 2022
The Love that Grew is a sort of picture book / pre-schooler take on Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem ‘How Do I Love Thee?’ which begins How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
An ode to a mother’s love and to families, it explores different ways to describe the indescribable, with sweet illustrations by debut picture book illustrator Mimi Purnell.
I thought I could not love another, not a sister, nor a brother. But just like magic, my love then grew when I was blessed with more of you. It stretched as high as the beanstalk climbed by Jack: impossible to measure, and hard to track. A feeling that was both fierce and strong and the-longest-noodle-you-can-think-of-long.
The Love that Grew
This would be perfect picture book for a little one expecting a new brother or sister. Mums and Dads find that, while time can be difficult to share around with a new baby, love is different – there is usually plenty to go around no matter how many new siblings arrive. The rhyming couplets lend themselves well to read-aloud sessions – just right for snuggling; baby, toddler, book and parent together.
The Love that Grew is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in March 2022. My thanks to the publishers for a review copy.