by Dawn Casey

illustrated by Oamul Lu

reviewed by Lucy McGinley

This illustrated blessing, Held in Love, is the perfect gift for new parents.

The author and illustrator will charm you with their peaceful book about unconditional love. Held in Love would be just right to read at bed time and quiet or emotional times. Described as a mother’s blessing, this book and the associated closeness will strengthen the bond between mother and child.

The author, Dawn Casey, develops intimacy by beginning with the big picture of a galaxy glowing within the universe, bringing us closer and closer until like the bird on the window sill we are looking through the window of a cottage in a small village at a mother holding her baby as she reads.

Oamul Lu’s illustrations echo this feeling of being drawn in close, safe and cosy, with warm colours and soft outlines. On…

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