Dimitri is not one to bottle up his feelings and takes pleasure in telling everyone (and everything) around how he feels about them. New to his nursery class, he tells his classmates, teacher, the people he meets in the park and even the class guinea pig that he loves them. In response, Dimitri’s new acquaintances giggle, blush, joke, deflect and ignore him; no-one seems to share his sentiments. Will this dampen his positive mood or will the wise words of him mum help him to see that not everyone expresses their feelings in the same way?
This heart-warming read is a short and simple tale that packs an emotional punch. A charming story that felt so familiar and took me back to my own experiences of being the new kid at infant school, reminding me of how trusting young children are when they meet new people. Just like Dimitri, I remember jumping in and making friends with everyone, only to feel confused by their reactions.
Maisie Paradise Shearring’s naive and sunny pictures are the perfect accompaniment to this story. The illustrations are fun to explore because they are packed with tiny details, and I imagine no child would fail to find something they recognised hiding on each page (the socks hanging out of the laundry basket in Dimitri’s bedroom or the gloves attached with elastic hanging from a peg in the cloakroom).
The Boy Who Loved Everyone is a perfect end of the day read-aloud for younger children or a pick-me-up for those children who don’t always feel they are understood by others. This book demonstrates that people rarely behave how we expect them to, but those who care about us will always find a way of demonstrating their love through many different acts of kindness.
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