Book Review; The More You Give, by Marcy Campbell
Why I Picked It Up
This one was #bookmail from Penguin Random House!! Shortly after receiving this opportunity, I saw that Marcy Campbell was also the author of one of my favorite picture Books, Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse. That, coupled with the lovely (and quite necessary) title, I was hooked. The More You Give will be available on August 2, 2022.
Why I Finished It
It’s just so sweet! Human beings, in general, should keep the title words in mind. We should listen and love. The More You Give is a touching story about the love between a parent or grandparent and their child. Beyond that, it is about how to share love intangibly and how that grows and builds from within. Love is at the heart of this story, which illustrates the close family relationships that continue to grow. Eventually, the love passed down from generation to generation helps to grow a strong, loving community.
Who I Would Give It To
Honestly, we can all use this book at this point. After a few minutes of listening to the news and getting worked up, this book made me smile and think of what is most important. I sincerely request, that as parents and teachers, we share this picture book with anyone and everyone!
Theme and Making Connections
Love. Before reading the story, ask students to define what love means. Quite honestly, this is not an easy word to define for anyone. Write down the responses students provide. After reading, ask students what the characters do to show love. Students will probably start by talking about what is explicitly stated in the book, such as piggyback rides, hugs, wisdom, etc. Guide the students to talk about things not explicitly said, such as spending time together, doing things for each other, and enjoying each other’s company. As students share answers, ask them to explain how that action shares love and how it is something they have experienced in life or read in another book.
As a class, create a thematic statement. Tell students that the theme topic is love. To create a thematic statement, we have to think about what the author teaches us about love. Let the class grow a sentence or two together. The sentence might be: “Love builds a strong community” or “love helps us grow and love life.” Use this sentence stem:
After students are satisfied with their sentence(s), then cross off “the author believes that”.
Alliteration and Writing Figurative Language
Alliteration is not a main component of The More You Give, but there are definitely pockets of it, especially with w. Alliteration is typically used to highlight the importance of the message or enhance its musicality. As I read the repeated w sound, I stopped and thought. I find the repetition of w sound calming. Authors sometimes use alliteration to create a mood. I believe this is accomplished here. I kept going back to this page:
“He watered and weeded while he watched and wondered.”