The Love Letter

Harper/HarperCollins/. Oct. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062741578.
PreS-Gr 1–When Hedgehog accidentally stumbles upon a love letter in the woods, he assumes it was written to him. The warm feeling it creates changes his normally prickly manner and he is suddenly a delight to be with. His friend Bunny is so charmed by this metamorphosis that she hugs him, causing the letter to fall out of his pocket. When Bunny finds the letter, she naturally assumes that Hedgehog is in love with her and now her lazy nature is transformed into helpfulness. Predictably, when their mutual friend Squirrel discovers the same letter, his anxiety is supplanted by a feeling of tranquility. However, when the three friends realize that somebody entirely unknown to them wrote the poem, they begin to bicker. Fortunately, in the end, they realize the importance of their friendship and all is right with the world.
VERDICT Denise’s sweet text pairs with Cummins’s dreamy and cozy illustrations about the transformative power of love and feelings of affirmation. A tender addition for most collections.

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