The title is not the only question this offering elicits. Who is the audience? Is this no more than a book-size greeting card?
Kirkova is listed as the illustrator of this ill-conceived product. Perhaps seeking to introduce the abstract concept of love to young readers, it serves only to confuse. After the title invites readers in and the book’s die-cut cover tempts young fingers to explore, each double-page spread further poses questions. One spread with a forest of trees made up of heart-shaped leaves in greens and yellows asks, “Do you think it grows on a tree?” Most of the yellow leaves are die-cut to reveal one of the dominant colors on the following page. The page turn shows the yellow seen through the previous spread’s openings are part of the sun and star on this space-themed spread. The question continues, “Or lights up the sky?” And so it goes, heart-shaped die cuts and all…through a garden, in the sea, blowing in the wind, etcetera. What adults will recognize as rhetorical questions may puzzle kids primed for an interactive experience. Most children view the heart as a symbol for love, and there are plenty populating the pages here. So is the answer always “yes”? The final spread fails to clarify: “You know where LOVE comes from… / It comes from your heart!” Huh?
No question here—pass. (Picture book. 2-4)