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Dearest One

Authored by Arielle Dance
Illustrated by Jenny Duke
Published by Lantana Publishing

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This is a moving and emotional book written with wisdom and love to the next generation. Imagine if your grandmother, grandfather or older relative began sharing their learned knowledge and experience with the youngest in your family, what would they say and what would they hope for you for the future?

With overwhelming messages of kindness, love and truth this love letter is joyous, thought-provoking and wonderful. Having lost my beloved grandmother a year ago, I was unable to read this without tears forming and it made me think about my own children and the hopes and dreams I have for them. I want them to feel true love and to find their passion but I also want them to be kind, offer support to those in need and be who they are meant to be. Is there anything greater than that?

This would be a gorgeous gift book for a newborn or for the formation of a new family, to serve as a reminder of love and strength for the future. Inspirational and heartfelt, these snippets of wonder could be read and shared within a class, assembly or newsletter as a reminder from the school that we all want similar things for our children.

Wonderful illustrations grace each page and as a reader, we can feel the wisdom of each page, from being kind to ourselves to sharing our ancestry stories loudly and proudly. What an absolute treasure of a book to share with children and adults of all ages – these messages are vital to us all and have the power to bring us together!