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Love is
Halperin, Wendy Anderson.
Uniform Title:
Bible. Corinthians, 1st, XIII, 4-8. English. 2001.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Reading Level:
AD 340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 1 Quiz: 32476 Guided reading level: F.
Added Uniform Title:
Bible. Corinthians, 1st, XIII, 13. English. 2001.
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What is Love?For thousands of years, people the world over have answered this question by turning to Saint Paul the apostle and his words cataloging the properties of love for the early followers of Christ. Now, celebrated illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin lends her own artistic vision to Paul's immortal words and reasserts his message -- that the love we express can best be seen in our attitudes and actions -- for generations to come.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Who would have thought that the apostle Paul's famous words about love, often referred to as "The Way of Love" (I Corinthians 13:2), could be made into such a fresh, splendid picture book? Brief text ("Love . . . is patient. Love is kind,") runs across the bottom of the pages, with love's attributes (patience, kindness, hope, etc.) catalogued in delightful, elaborately detailed, contrasting illustrations. On half of one double-page spread, for instance, 11 small scenes depict what love shouldn't be: a child sticking out her tongue, an adult yelling at children, and a woman ignoring a beggar. On the opposite page, 11 altered pictures show a now-pleasant child, the adult lending children a helping hand, and the woman delivering Meals on Wheels. Older children will delight in searching out the many picture-book references--Cinderella, The Little Engine That Could, and Pinocchio (with and without his long nose)--and following ongoing stories that unfold in pictures in the lower outside corners of each spread. In one, a house gradually falls into disrepair. In the other, a sculptor slowly creates a beautiful statue. The final spread, a spiral of small scenes, demonstrates images of ongoing love. A fine book to talk about and share. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Adapting the apostle Paul's definitions of love in I Corinthians 13, Halperin (Hunting the White Cow) combines Paul's words with an intricate mosaic of watercolor-and-pencil vignettes to create a memorable, unusually thoughtful picture book. A simple line of text (e.g., "Love is... patient. Love is kind") runs across the bottom of each spread; above, Halperin's artwork appears in small, carefully arranged panels, akin to the pieces of a stained glass window. On each left-hand page, her panels depict people acting without love (ballplayers bicker; a pedestrian ignores a homeless man). The right-hand pages show the same people performing acts of kindness, touched by the joy love brings (a child stands at bat, a woman delivers meals-on-wheels). Other interpretations are more subtle. A panel on the spread illustrating "Love... does not insist on its own way" follows the metamorphosis of egg to caterpillar to butterfly; the spread for "Love... believes all things" is bordered by a row of crayons, pictures of seed packets, tools ranging from microscope to eggbeaters, and musical instruments. Some panels are reserved for continuing stories: as the pages progress, a house on the left becomes increasingly dilapidated, while on the right a sculptor transforms a block of marble into an enduring work of art (it's Michelangelo and his David). Those who pore over the pictures (and readers will want to) will find references to Aesop, Cinderella, the Three Little Pigs and more. With her thought-provoking, insightful visual examples, Halperin does an outstanding job of relating biblical text to contemporary, everyday life. All ages. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This freely translated version of I Corinthians 13:4-8 captures the meaning and spirit of the verses while simplifying the language to suit young children. The book has a large, busy, decorative format. The Bible quotation marches across the bottom of each double-page spread in capital letters: "Love-Is Patient. Love Is Kind" or "Love-Is Not Envious Or Boastful." Above the text, a series of appealing, sketchy, softly colored pencil-and-watercolor pictures illustrates each statement. The imaginative scenes, in a variety of sizes, feature multiethnic children and adults, and occasionally anthropomorphic animals. Characters on the left side are shown taking part in unloving incidents (behaving impatiently, boastfully, snobbishly, selfishly, destructively, and so on), while on the right, the same figures approach similar incidents with loving and caring behavior (being kind, generous, forbearing, truthful, etc.). The settings reflect various places and times in history. They are filled with interesting details to challenge young readers to discover all of the examples of right and wrong and then to apply the knowledge to their own lives. By no means limited to religious education, these precepts are universally valid.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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