Friday 24 May 2019

Kisses in your Heart

Kisses in your Heart by Sonia Bestulic, illustrated by Nancy Bevington (Big Sky Publishing) RRP PB $14.99 HB $24.99
ISBN 9781925675924 (PB) 9781925675931 (HB)

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Kisses in your Heart is a sweet bedtime story for young children, written in rhyming verse from the point of view of a nameless young girl. The beautiful soft watercolour illustrations complement the story well, along with bright red hearts which highlight the focus of the tale.

Throughout the book the little girl seeks constant comfort from her favourite teddy. However, naturally it’s her mother’s love that she holds most dearly. When her mother kisses her goodnight, she explains that the kisses hold love inside and can be kept in her heart. The young girl then knows that wherever she goes and whatever she does that her mother’s love is always with her. So, when the little girl feels shy, sad, scared or lonely she thinks about those kisses in her heart. Her smile and confidence soon return at the thought of her mother’s love.

This picture book is aimed at children aged under eight and can be a great conversation starter about feelings and the love that ties families together. The figurative concept of ‘kisses in your heart’ is a beautiful one, and may be especially helpful for anxious children to remind them that their parents love them and care about them even when they’re not around.

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