Love without Bounds: An IntersectionAllies Book about Families

Dottir. Jan. 2023. 48p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781948340519.
PreS-Gr 4–It would be difficult to imagine a type or version of family that is not included in these pages, which are brimming with diversity in every sense of the word. An imperfect rhyming text nonetheless conveys the beautiful message that all families are legitimate: big families and “teams of two”; families who live together and families who live apart; families who aren’t even related to each other, but united by love. The message resounds in the title, Love Without Bounds, emphasized further by the artistic beauty of the illustrations and lettering. Smith’s mostly blank-faced people nevertheless express joy and sorrow, love and longing through a single eyebrow, the tilt of the head, posture, and gestures, while myriad textures are harmonized in complementary purples and yellows throughout the pages. The authors include a discussion guide at the end that is well researched, well written, and age appropriate. A stack of books with the bibliography titles on the spines makes further reading for parents and teachers inviting and easy on the eye.
VERDICT Worth purchasing for the illustrations alone, and a good discussion starter on what can be a sensitive subject for a wide variety of ages.

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