- Book Style: Letters written by parents, for parents
Love Notes – Letters From Parents To Children the first adult only book that we’ve reviewed here on Toddler Book Reviews. That’s ok, because really this book is a sanity check for each and every parent of a baby/toddler/child. This book is what it’s title suggests: a collection of letters that are written by parents. Each letter is intended to be read by the parent’s child either immediately or later in life. We see letters young babies about their parent’s hopes and dreams. We see letters for young adults going through a difficult time. We see letters of historical importance, and everything in between. Every letter has a different message and therefore there are reasons for you to read each and every one. It’s really a lovely book that makes every parent feel good about their feelings towards their children.
Whenever I decide on a book to read, I find myself wanting to know a little bit about where the book came from. In the case of this book, the reason why this book was created is a bit of a sad story. Our author Anthony R. Segil begins the book by telling us the story of his four year old nephew who was diagnosed with leukemia. It’s not a long story, but it forces you to think about these letters not only from your own perspective, but from the perspective of the author. The story Anthony tells depicts the spirit of the book so well that it sets you up for the rest of the letters, and I really think it brings the whole book together.
As most of the letters come directly from parents, I found it easy to relate to the feelings expressed in most of the letters. I found myself relating to what each parent was feeling, and I found that it was a great experience even when it was an unhappy feeling. As I read the letters, I found myself feeling more and more like I could be a better parent for my child. I also found myself feeling like my child was destined to leave a happy life.
The author has organized the book into chapters that are really directly related to themes of parenting/relationships. As such, each chapter includes a short prelude to the (approximate) 4-5 letters. The author tells us why he chose the theme and how it relates to us and our lives as parents. I find each one of these a great kickoff to each chapter and the letters that ensue.
In case you couldn’t tell, I can recommend this book to every parent (or parent-to-be). We should all have a copy of this book handy for those days when we’re pulling our hair out, feel gross, and are truly at our wits’ end. We can take a moment to read of one of the letters in this book, and it will save us (and our children too). Not only that, but each time someone purchases this book, Anthony donates the proceeds to one of the great charities/foundations found in the picture above! Here’s the link to buying this great little book and…maybe even giving the gift of life to a child.
EDIT: So I spoke to Anthony and he is offering the kindle version for only 99 cents (date: December 1, 2016), so get over there now and get your copy!
Thanks for reading,