Thursday, March 4, 2010

Review: Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw & Tom Douglas

Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas
Genre: Children's book
Pages: 32
Date Published: February 2010
Publisher: Tommy Nelson

Book Description:
The second book in Tim McGraw’s My Little Girl series is a heartwarming story of a little girl’s selfless act of kindness.
Tim McGraw and songwriter Tom Douglas once again join forces to write another book about the precocious Katie and her dad. Katie has many talents, but she wonders which one will win her school’s talent show. With the help of Dad and her faithful dog Palio, and after several amusing mishaps, Katie finally chooses one talent that includes Palio. But at the talent show, she decides to drop out of the contest to help her friend, showing kindness is the best talent of all. Katie’s proud dad reassures her that she did the best thing and that while he loves many things about her, he loves her heart most of all.
This book is adorable. Katie is a fun, realistic girl who loves to sing, juggle with her dog, and do cartwheels. And her dad is supportive and loving, even when she makes a mess. There are two main themes that I picked up on in this book: that God gives us a lot of talents, and that kindness is the best talent of them all. The story starts out fun, and then becomes really heartwarming when Katie decides to help her friend in the talent show rather than perform her own talent. A fun book for Dads and daughters to enjoy together, especially if they have a great dog like Palio.

The story is great and the illustrations are fun as well. Abigail Marble has done a nice job in illustrating the book with warmth and feeling. The layout of the pages I thought at first would be too busy (the print is large and often in different colors and type sizes and fonts), but once you start reading it is not overwhelming. The book does have a mention of God, but it does not focus on theology or Bible stories--it weaves belief in God into the story. My daughter likes the book, but I'll admit at her age (3) it has not become a favorite, just an occasional read. Perhaps when she gets a little bit older she will request it more often.

**I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through their BookSneeze book review bloggers program (for more information on my reviews, please view my disclosure policy).**

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