Full, Full, Full of Love is a picture book by Trish Cooke that was illustrated by Paul Howard. Ages 2 and up would enjoy the story. This picture book is suitable for reading together with young children. The words are simple enough for an emerging reader to be able to read some sentences by themselves. The overall message is that a family can get together for a loving dinner at Grannie's house.
It is a sweet story told through the eyes of Jay Jay, a small child. Jay Jay is dropped off at Grannie's house by his mother on Sunday afternoon. Grannie lovingly greets Jay Jay. She's been working in the kitchen and is cooking a large meal. Jay Jay is hungry. Grannie needs to keep Jay Jay occupied until it is dinner time. They feed the fish. While they are in the kitchen, Jay Jay finds the candy tin and attempts to get it off of the top of the refrigerator. The expressions on Jay Jay's and Grannie's faces are priceless! Jay Jay is even hungrier! Grannie distracts Jay Jay by snuggling by the window looking for other family members to arrive. They snuggle and cuddle, as they wait.
When the family finally arrives, it is a truly impressive crowd filled with aunts, uncles, friends, cousins, and his mom and dad. What a feast it is! After dinner, Grannie sits in an easy chair with her feet in slippers on a footstool. There is such a look of loving satisfaction on her face as she lets her kids know that it is time for them to clean up the kitchen. Jay Jay is kneeling right beside her, gazing lovingly, his chin resting on his arms on the chair.
As Jay Jay leaves with Mama and Daddy, he is waving to Grannie and some cousins from his daddy's arms. The text of the book ends with a short recap of the events that Jay Jay experienced at his Grannie's house. Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke tells a simple story of one magical afternoon in a small boy's life, and it is a story that is truly full of love.
The pictures in this book exude love and caring. Rendered in acrylic and pencil, these illustrations perfectly highlight the storyline. They are detailed enough to show the action, yet not overly fussy. The faces of the characters show true emotions. Too often, faces in picture books don't show a range of emotions. It is a matter of one smile fits all. Grannie's face shows different smiles for when she is greeting Jay Jay and when the rest of the family comes bouncing in.
In our society, too often the media portrays minority families as sad and broken. This book shows a loving, vibrant African-American family that is joyously spending time together. I highly recommend Trish Cooke's book for its simple sentence structure with easy-reader words, positive messages, and glorious illustrations by Paul Howard. Full, Full, Full of Love would make a wonderful gift for any expectant father, new mother, or young child. You can explore this book in the Amazon link below.
Full, Full, Full of Love
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