The Things I Love - Book Review


The Things I Love

Author: Christina Carroll
Genre: Children - K-3rd - General
Publisher: Unknown
Date Published: June 1, 2024
ISBN-10: N/A
ISBN-13: 9798889740001

Not Available until June 2024
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Book Review of :  The Things I Love


 "The Things I Love" by Christina M. Carroll is a heartwarming book that delves into the nostalgic journey of a 10-year-old boy and his mother as they fondly reminisce about his childhood passions and joys. Through vivid storytelling and captivating illustrations by Jenny Slife, the book embodies the essence of the old writer's adage, "Show don't tell." Each page, adorned with delightful and intricate artwork, beautifully complements Carroll's evocative narrative, allowing young readers to explore a world where emotions and memories come to life through a tapestry of imagery and words. In this enchanting tale, children are invited to unravel the complexity of emotions and ideas embedded within each page, offering a rich and immersive reading experience that transcends mere verbal descriptions.

Carroll's book delves into a heartwarming journey that takes the boy and his mother back to when he was just a year old. As you stroll down memory lane with them, you'll discover what captured the young boy's heart resonates with countless mothers and children, creating a beautiful tapestry of shared experiences and emotions.

This book serves as a delightful platform for children to engage with parents, narrating the unfolding events on each page. The charming illustrations capture the essence of a blissful childhood brimming with affection. As you flip through the pages, memories of camping escapades in the backyard or the sweet sight of your child assisting with baking, eagerly tasting the batter, will flood back. The tales within the book are likely to evoke parallel recollections of your shared experiences with your little one - be it shooting hoops on the driveway, the exhilaration of their first bike ride, and many more heartwarming moments.

 It's evident that the author and illustrator collaborated closely to vividly portray a vision of a joyful childhood brimming with love and warmth. "The Things I Love" stands out as a remarkable debut for author Christina M. Carroll and her talented illustrator, Jenny Slife, promising an exciting glimpse into the captivating world she is set to unveil in her forthcoming literary works.

Reviewed by: James B.

About Christina Carroll

The Orange Chair is an indie publisher that takes pride in the painstaking details to present high-quality works that encourage social and emotional well-being, spark curiosity and joy, expose children (and parents!) to new adventures, and convey big concepts for little readers. As Mama to a curious two-year-old boy, a knows-what-she-wants five-year-old daughter, and her bonus son they look up to - the cool big brother, Christina has quite the inspiration for her stories. Not to mention she's a (big) kid at heart. She's also learned firsthand why representation matters based on her own lived experiences, raising Afro-Latino kids, the books she reads, and the encounters she's had (and still has) throughout life. That's why she started The Orange Chair to bring that representation to you! Christina lives in Texas with her kiddos and husband where she daylights (and sometimes all-nights) as a trial attorney handling commercial litigation. She loves writing the many more books coming on the horizon, spanning topics from heritage, family life, and childhood diseases to food and animals - with plenty of whimsy in there too.

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