book celebrates all that is wholesome and pure and mysterious and magical and
good in the world. Themes such as science, the seasons, kindness and generosity
are interwoven through the comforting words and gorgeous illustrations.
A seed needs
love and care from the elemental forces. Then a bird needs love and care from
the apple tree that has grown from the seed. Then the bird’s hatchling spreads
the apple’s seeds with love and care, and so the cycle begins again.
All the while,
a young reader absorbs the idea of caring for others and of being taken care
of, through immersion in this cyclical story and glorious, vibrant
illustrations. A combination of collage and acrylic painting bring I’ll Take
Care Of You to life in the most adorable and unexpected of ways. Caring is
the essence of the story.
I’ll take care of you.
This phrase is
repeated throughout and fosters a soothing, uplifting sense of reassurance and
joy that we are all in this world together. It also brings the welcome sense
that no matter how tough things might become, it’s okay. Help is on the way.
I love this
book with more than just my eyes and my brain. I could almost feel my heart
expanding as I read it and pored over the magnificent, vibrant, joyous illustrations.
Take Care Of You is a little larger than most and it has the added lushness
of a dustjacket.
But mostly it’s
just a stunningly beautiful and unique picture book.
Title: I’ll Take Care Of You
Author: Maria Loretta Giraldo
Illustrators: Nicoletta Bertelle
Publisher: Blue Dot, $18.95
Publication Date: April 2022
Format: Hardcover with jacket
For ages: 3 – 7
Type: Picture Book