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Book Review: Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

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Author/illustrator Nancy Tillman spent some time on the best-sellers list with On the Night You Were Born, and I suspect she will be returning there with Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You. This is not the typical children’s storybook with beginning, middle, and end.

Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You has a beginning, but it’s a never-ending story. It is the story of love, and while the most likely interpretation is a parent’s love for a child, it could be about anyone’s love for anyone else — deep, abiding, limitless love.

Oh, to be the lucky child whose parent reads Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You aloud. Beautifully illustrated, it is a simple profession of love — no matter what. The child who prances through the pages is a nameless, faceless, genderless, raceless child. It is anychild. This child is the only person in the book, and is seen romping and relaxing with a variety of animals — elephants at the beach, rabbits in the snow, peacocks in a garden, sheep in a meadow.

The prose is reassuring and comforting; no matter where you go and what you do or how you feel, my love will be there with you. Even when you’re jumping on a trampoline with a kangaroo, “It never gets lost, never fades, never ends…”

The gentle rhymes provide soothing emotional support; who wouldn’t want to be told “So climb any mountain…climb up to the sky! My love will find you. My love can fly!”? It may be sentimental, but in such a lovely way.

Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You is the book you want to give to whomever you love; it would make a memorable birthday, holiday or “just because” gift, and it is sure to be treasured.

Bottom Line: Would I buy Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You? Of course I would — it has flamingos!

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  • Mia

    The date is November 21 2010. My dad is the one and only king of my life. he is everything i could ask for. I never get to see him often but thats okay. For my birthday 3 days ago…he gave me this book. He told me when he read it, it brought him to tears. This is the best gift anyone has or will ever give! I love you daddy no matter how the years fly by…i wont ever get to old for simple things like this book.

  • cheryl

    My 3 year old grandson had a trying week and after one particularly rough afternoon, he asked if I still loved him. I went to the library looking for some way to express to such a small child that my love was a constant in his life. I just read this book to my grandson and he smiled at me the whole time I was reading it !! What a wonderful book and great way to show your never ending love to a child.