Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 29, 2017

Book Giveaway – Love You Always by Eileen Spinelli

Author Eileen Spinelli has another new picture book LOVE YOU ALWAYS and has offered one lucky winner a copy. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.

BOOK’S DESCRIPTION:

A child is a treasured leaf on a family tree, surrounded by love from mom, dad, doting grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends too. This sweet, reassuring picture book from Eileen Spinelli acknowledges the whole “tree”—the many who are invested in a child’s life—with expressions of unconditional love from each. Heartwarming verse and charming artwork will make this book a must-buy for baby showers, birthdays, and other occasions.

Kirkus Reviews
2017-06-27

The latest new-baby gift book tells how children are loved by their family members no matter what.Gentle rhyming verses with a nice rhythm and repetition are great for reading aloud, though they can be a bit treacly: “You can giggle, cry, or pout, / but you are loved without a doubt, / upside-down and inside-out! / Mama loves you always.” These verses spend some more time on Mama and Daddy before devoting shorter space to Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie, Uncle, Cousin, and Family Friend, (leaving out siblings), covering all the bases but only for those families that fit the “traditional” nuclear-family mold; these days they are increasingly rare. In a move that may be frustrating to readers, many of Flint’s watercolor, crayon, ink, and digital illustrations, especially at the beginning, don’t show the adorable, pink-cheeked tots interacting with their family members. Instead, they are engaging in an activity, usually alone, in a vignette against a white background. This also serves to point up the lack of diversity in the characters; the vast majority of the children and adults pictured here are white; just two children are black, and one other has brown skin and black hair. (By and large clothing is also stereotyped blue and pink.) It’s sweet, but it does not reflect the diverse realities of families and people in the world today. (Picture book. 3-6)

BOOK’S JOURNEY:

When you have a big family–as we do–there are lots of babies and baby showers.

At one of the showers I was sitting in a corner, sipping punch and looking around: Mama-to-be, daddy-to-be, doting relatives, happy friends and neighbors–a village, really–and I thought, “This room is so steeped in love right now.”

I didn’t go home and begin to write LOVE YOU ALWAYS that evening. But that experience was the seed.

Months later my trusty subconscious popped out with:

  Seasons come and seasons go.

  Mama loves you always.

  Sometimes rain and sometimes snow.

  Mama loves you always.

The first four lines of the book.

Then it was simply a matter of weaving in things that were sweet and familiar to me: Love you to the moon and back; the grandkids dancing in the front yard; singing, clapping, napping on my lap.

Also a matter of returning to my own childhood. Remembering my Aunt Rose who used to buy me toys my parents couldn’t afford. (She became the Auntie who “helps me find my favorite toy”

Remembering the nicknames my great-grandma gave to us cousins. Mine was “Chippie”.

Last–I added three of my favorite things: hugs, books of poetry, and tea.

It took me a couple days to do a decent first draft. And weeks to tinker with and revise  so that the rhyme did not feel forced.

And now–it’s ready to be shared with you.

EILEEN’S BIO:

As a young child, I spent Saturdays at the Sellers Memorial Library in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. It was there that I fell in love with words and decided to become a writer.

My father gave me his old black manual typewriter. The key o Z stuck. Find, I would not write stories about zebras or zippers. My father made me a desk from orange crates. My mother filled a box with paper. And that’s how I began.

In high school, I nearly failed geometry. But I won first prize for my poetry. A check for 50 dollars.

After high school, I worked at an assortment of jobs. I was a waitress at a local diner. I was a secretary. I answered phones at an airplane factory. And in between the cracks – on the bus, on my lunch breaks, behind the coffee counter – I wrote.

I looked at the trees outside my window. They were turning red and gold. I heard geese honking across the pond. I thought of how much I loved the changing of the seasons. How much I enjoyed getting ready for each one.

Summer: dust the patio furniture.
Spring: plant my herb garden.
Fall: scour soup pot.
Winter: play my Christmas cd’s. I thought, too, about how important the arts are in all the seasons of my life. I thought about my playful – but unsuccessful – attempts at juggling. And I put the thoughts into words.

And it was a good day.

When I am not writing poem, stories, and books for children you might find me… pouring tea… trying on hats… picking herbs… painting in my dream journal… browsing in thrift shops… dancing barefoot… waiting for the mailman… star-watching with my husband… curled up with a novel… taking a nap on the back porch. Zzzzzzzzz…

Eileen has published over 85 books and is married to the awesome Jerry Spinelli. They live in Media, PA. and are blessed with lots of grands and great grandchildren.

Eileen, thank you for sharing your new book and it’s journey with us. Just like your book’s title, we will LOVE YOU ALWAYS.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. love the illustrations

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  2. Books from Eileen Spinelli are always a treat. Thanks for the post. I’ll pass on the giveaway.

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  3. These are always the kinds of books that tug at my heart and put a tear in my eye.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pb and the opportunity to win a copy. I have also tweeted about the giveaway.

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  5. This book looks like a charmer–but what else would you expect from the always thoughtful, always talented Eileen Spinelli?

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  6. Thank you for sharing this new delightful book by Eileen. Love says it all.❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  7. The kind of book that leaves you with warmth and love. It sounds delightful.

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  8. What a beautiful book. Looking forward to reading it to my youngest child and to my grandchildren!

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  9. I have had the pleasure to meet Eileen and Jerry several times at Chautauqua and am always a fan!

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  10. Always happy to see your next book, Eileen! (Three Pebbles and a Song is still a personal favorite).

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  11. This book is so sweet and filled with love. I’m putting it on my gifting list.

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