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!